August 29, 1911 - Ishi is discovered in California. He is described as the last surviving STONE AGE Indian in the US.
By the beginning of the 20th century, Europeans had flooded the continent and most Native Americans had assimilated, to some degree, into this new Anglo society. This man seemed to be the exception. When he was found he spoke no English and was unfamiliar with white ways. It was eventually discovered that he was the last remaining member of the Yana Tribe. He was taken to Berkley Museum for protection and he eventually became used to life around him (even liking to ride on the trolleys).
He lived at Berkley Museum for 5 years before he caught TB and died. According to the customs of his people, his body was cremated.