Thomas Merton – Ishi Means Man [Excerpt]

March 25, 2016

 

Ishi_portrait

 

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Ishi Means Man
Thomas Merton

Paperback Reprint: Paulist Press, 2015
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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Ishi, the last member of the Yahi, a group of the Yana of California. Widely acclaimed in his time as the “last wild Indian” in America, Ishi lived most of his life completely outside modern culture. (Wikipedia)

In the title essay of Merton’s book, he reflects of the genocidal tendencies of modernity.  Here are the opening pages of that essay…
 




 

IMAGE CREDIT: Ishi, portrait (via Wikimedia Commons)