Ishi: The Last Yahi [DVD] [1992]

The made-for-TV biography Ishi: The Last of His Tribe comes to DVD from Shanachie as part of the American Experience DVD series. Presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack in English. There are no special features, but this is still a welcome home video release of a historically important documentary that originally aired on TV in 1978.
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American Experience: Ishi, The Last Yahi
In 1911, an Indian wandered out of the hills of Northern California, unable to speak a word of English, and clad in the ancient manner. His discoverers, who found him hiding in a barn, didn't know what to make of him and sent him to San Francisco to be studied like some rare animal by the young anthropologist Alfred Kroeber. It turned out that he was Ishi, the last surviving member of his Yahi tribe. He was such an unusual figure in San Francisco that he became quite a celebrity. This documentary includes rare film footage of this unique survivor, along with photographs and journal and newspaper coverage from the time in an attempt to tell his story. Some of the same territory is covered in a 1978 made-for-television biographical film, bearing the very similar title of Ishi: The Last of His Tribe. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Linda Hunt
    Linda Hunt - Narrator

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