This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Saturday, August 29, 2009

This Day in History...

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.

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