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Datebook: August 29 – Ishi emerges 100 years ago

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Ishi was the last member of the Yahi, the last surviving group of the Yana people, living in California. Ishi is believed to have been the last Native American to have lived most of his life completely outside the European American culture. At about 49 years old, in 1911 he emerged from the wild near Oroville, California, leaving his ancestral homeland in the foothills near Lassen Peak. Ishi means “man” in the Yana language. The anthropologist Alfred Kroeber gave this name to the man when he discovered Ishi had never been named. When asked his name, he said: “I have none, because there were no people to name me,” meaning that no tribal naming ceremony had been performed.

It’s Monday, August 29

John James Audubon State Park in Henderson hosts potter and storyteller Albert Bauman Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the campground shelter. From 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday Naturalist Scott Shupe introduces his exotic reptiles at the shelter. Call 270-826-2247 for more.

Tomorrow evening at 6 Murray Elementary School kicks off a National Center for Fathering initiative – Watch D.O.G.S. – Dads of Great Students – with volunteer training. This is a Dads and Kids’ Pizza night to kick off this program. Men volunteer to work at least one day in their child’s school with educators – fulfilling roles as needed.

The 36th Annual KWW Arts & Crafts Festival is Saturday through Monday in Little Lake Park in Grand Rivers. Over 100 vendors offer handmade crafts, food and beverages. It’s open 9 to dusk Saturday, 9 to 5 Sunday and 9 to 3 Monday.

Don’t wait until the last minute to get tickets for the Prairie Home Companion show at the CFSB Center at Murray State in November. See wkms.org for information.

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