The other, called Ishi, was the last living member of the Yahi Indian tribe. He had quite a history, too.
As the last member of the Yahi tribe, which was the last tribe of the Yana people of California, Ishi lived a completely Native American lifestyle.
Ishi is the word for man in the Yahi dialect and, because it was taboo in Yahi society to say one’s name, Ishi’s real name was never known. And because he was the last of his tribe, his real name died with him in 1916.
Dr. Pope learned the Indian method of bow making and went on hunting excursions in the surrounding country with Ishi. On these expeditions, Ishi provided valuable lessons to Dr. Pope in this new system of acquiring game.
“We shot rabbits, quail and squirrels with the bow,” Pope said. “His methods here were not so well defined as in the approach to larger game, but I was struck from the first by his noiseless step, his slow movement, his use of cover.”
This careful approach to bowhunting and his influence on very active archers, such as Pope, earned Ishi a nomination to the hall of fame.