What would it feel like to see your culture destroyed, all your people killed -- to be the last of your race? In 1911, Ishi, the sole survivor of an Indian tribe massacred during the 1800s, reluctantly emerged from his years in hiding. Anthropologist Alfred Kroeber quickly became fascinated by Ishi and made it his mission to uncover all the secrets of the Yahi tribe so they would not perish with Ishi's death. So Professor Kroeber and his wife, Henriette, provided shelter for Ishi, and for the rest of his life the anthropologist devoted himself to this quest. Meanwhile, the lonely, isolated Ishi has difficulty fitting into the white man's world.
The year is 1911, and there is hardly a Native American tribesman left in the wilds. Ishi is a Yahi tribesman who is discovered raiding a slaughterhouse. When Doctor Kroeber and his wife Henriette learn of Ishi's existence, they become intrigued and embark on a mission to find out the secrets of the Yahi Indians before they are extinct.
A River City production. The same story was previously told in director Robert Ellis Miller's 1978 TV movie "Ishi: The Last of His Tribe." Additional cast: Christianne Hauber, Charles A. Martinet, Carl D. Parker, Benne B. Alder, Maria Bain, Loryn Barlese, Gilbert Bear, Lance Brady, Roy Conrad, Kevin Goetz, Neva Hutchinson, John Z. Ickes, Trudy Kinerson, Beverly LaBeau, Stephen Lofaro, George Maguire, Edward Markmann, Wanda McCaddon, Sam David McClelland, C.W. Morgan, James O'Connell, John Olson, Stephen Pocock, Chris Pray, Victor Preston, Nick Scoggin, Toby Stump and Brian Van Der Wilt. The Yahi: Fermin Running Bear, Gregory Running Bear, Nolan Davis Brown, Sheryl Lynn Brown, Byron Burrows, LaMar Eagle Cline, Rebecca Enespy, Danielle Estrada, Michael Frease, White Cloud Frease, Mike Gemmill, Esnala Nanjin Kaye, Melanie Lowry, Judith Miller, Valerie Mills, Bernardo Oandasan, Maymi Preson, Eileen Phoenix, Stormy Redhawk, Henry Rodrigues, Frances Shaw, Elisabeth Smith, Blythe Thompson, Darlene Toyebo, Benjamin Wilson, Desiree Wilson, Amanda Wilson and Antoinette Wilson.