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This research will begin with the statement that Ishi belonged to the Yana tribe who lived in the southern region of the Mount Lassen foothills of Northern California. They lived a peaceful life of hunters-gatherers as the hills and mountains were bountiful hunting grounds for their food sources. However, as time passed by, the Yana became the victims of the powerful Winton, who drove them from their homes because they desired the fertile valleys of the Sacramento region. Though they were isolated, they were resilient and fierce fighters who terrorized their enemies especially the Winton. When the white settlers arrived, their perception was influenced by the Wintus stating that the Yanas were dangerous and had to be eradicated from the area. It was during this critical period that Ishi was born. From his childhood, Ishi had lived his life in fear and was always on the run. He had witnessed the systematic annihilation of his tribesmen and as his world grew smaller and smaller he began to struggle for survival. During the 1840’s, the Anglo- Saxon era was ushered in and with it a misfortune for the Yana tribe. Gold found in the river beds of California and the exchange of land claims saw the tragic wiping out of the Yana tribe. Immigrant people flushed out the Yana tribe by hunting, land staking and livestock pastures. Hunger took its toll on the population of the Yana tribe that plummeted down. None of Ishi’s Yana tribe was believed to have survived….
He was discovered on 29th August, 1911 and he was taken into custody by the Sheriff. Ishi was highly traumatized and almost dead and was put in a cell. Professors Waterman and Kroeber took charge of Ishi and kept him at the university’s museum and with great difficulty they managed to communicate with him by learning the Yahi language. Ishi too learned all about life in 20th century America. In the present day scenario, with the advent of globalization, many cultures are being lost or wiped out akin to what happened to the Yana tribe. In our contemporary world even with the great advancement of Science and Technology, we still experience the power of greed and unrest which take its toll on those who are most unfortunate. 3 2)Critically discuss the World’s Fair (California Mid – Winter International Exposition) of 1894. Cite specific examples of how we can think critically about this fair (e.g. commodification, race, gender, modernity, nature, etc.) Michael Harry of San Francisco announced that he had plans to open the California Mid-Winter Fair in January 1894 in San Francisco. The local citizens were committed to the cause of the project and contributed around $41,500. The chief purpose of this fair was to promote trade, real estate and investment opportunities between California and people from other races and countries. Barbara Berglund in her book titled ‘Making San Francisco American,’ sheds light on San Francisco’s rapid evolution from the much earlier chaotic times to becoming a prized jewel of America’s western empire. She specifically points to the nascent elite’s efforts to bring about social order through cultural and political means. (Barbara Berglund, 2007) The chief idea