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The Last Yahi
The Last Yahi
Actor: Linda Hunt
Directors: Jed Riffe, Pamela Roberts
Genres: Drama, Television, Documentary
NR     2002     0hr 57min

This chronicles the unforgettable story of ishi the last survivor of the yahi tribe after extensive massacres of native americans in california in the 1860s & 1870s. After 40 years of living in hiding ishi walked out of th...  more »


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Actor: Linda Hunt
Directors: Jed Riffe, Pamela Roberts
Creators: Stephen Lighthill, John Harrison Quinn, Anne Makepeace
Genres: Drama, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama, All Made-for-TV Movies, Documentary
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 09/24/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1994
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 0hr 57min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

One of the best documentarys on an American Indian subject
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ishi, the Last Yahi is a powerful dramatic documentary that gave me a new understanding and appreciation for the American Indian struggle to maintain their traditional ways in spite of genocidal policys of the federal and state gov. Ishi inspires us by making the amazing transition from aboriginal America into the twentieth century without losing his own sense of self."
A true story that raises some good questions
Anthro Prof | McLean, VA USA | 05/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I mostly use this film in teaching introductory anthropology because it does several things well. First, it provides comprehensive coverage of a story about an individual who lived through some of the horrible things that happened to California natives. That works well at putting a human face on historic events. In addition, it does a good job of weaving in the story of the early days of anthropology in this country through Ishi's relationship with Alfred Kroeber. Along the way, implicit questions are raised about the sorts of ethical dilemmas faced by Kroeber. Finally, the historic photographs and recordings are well utilized. Visually, the film is well made and elicits sympathy for Ishi while also documenting his resilience and strength of character. That makes him a real three-dimensional being, as opposed to a mere stereotypical victim. One comes away with a real appreciation for who he was, in all his complexity."
R. Neinstein | Brooklyn, NY USA | 12/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A beautiful documentary based on the true and incredibly sad story of the last "wild" Indian in North America. Ishi was a wise, gentle soul, and his story is heart-breaking."