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A one day conference celebrating 100 years of Ishi


The conference is free of charge, but registration is required:  

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Number of attendees is limited and registration closes August 31, 2011.


Wednesday September 7, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT

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Reception for conference attendees to follow at the
Hearst Museum, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Krutch Theater, Building 14
2601 Warring Street
Berkeley, CA 94720

Clark Kerr Campus

Driving Directions




Please note that limited parking is available onsite at the Clark Kerr Campus southwest parking lot for $10. Preference will be given to those traveling from out of town, the elderly and disabled.  


Directions to additional public parking can be found at: 

Due to limited parking we encourage you to use public transport:

  • The AC Transit Bus no. 49 bus from both Rockridge BART and Berkeley Downtown BART and drops you immediately outside the conference center.  
  • The no 51 & 51B bus runs from both Rockridge BART and Berkeley Downtown BART and drop you at the corner of Parker St and College Ave. A 5 minute walk up  Parker Street will lead you directly to the Clark Kerr Campus and Krutch Theater. 
  • AC Transit Bus Schedules can be found here

Hotel Accomodations

Hotel accomodations at the Bancroft Hotel can be made at a lowered conference rate of $80 per night. Please mention the Ishi conference and the Hearst Museum when making a reservation.



Lunch will be provided free of charge to registered conference attendees.  If a vegetarian or Kosher meal is needed, please make sure to indicate your selection when registering for the event.


Contact the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropolgy at:

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Organized by the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and California Indian Museum and Cultural Center in partnership.



With support from:


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This one day conference honors the contributions of Ishi as an educator and cultural ambassador and is an opportunity to reflect on contemporary interpretations of his legacy and of the Native American experience in museums.

On September 7th, 1911, Ishi made an historic recording of the story of wood duck, a figure from Yahi folklore. This conference marks the centennial of that recording and seeks to update our understanding of Ishi. Through the presentation of contemporary research, including a new film about Ishi's life and the re-mastered sound recording of the wood duck story, this conference will provide an opportunity to revisit Ishi's well-documented qualities of compassion, integrity, superior intellect, curiosity and understanding.

Schedule of Events

(All events at the Krutch Theater, Clark Kerr Campus, Building 14, unless otherwise noted)

8:00 a.m.                             Registration Check-In 

 Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. complimentary coffee and tea will be available.

9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.            Introduction

 Ben Garcia, Master of Ceremonies 


9:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.          Traditional Blessing

 Earl Neconie, Employment/Training Coordinator, United Indian Nations

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.           Welcoming Remarks 

 Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor, UC Berkeley

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.           Opening Remarks       

 Joseph Myers, Chair, Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

 Mari Lyn Salvador, Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.          Keynote Address 

 Karen Biestman, Professor of Federal Indian Law, Berkeley School of Law


10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        Plenary Session: Ishi in His Own Voice    (wooduck recordings)

 Ira Jacknis (moderator), Research Anthropologist, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Maryrose Barrios, Undergraduate, Physics Department, UC Berkeley

 Leanne Hinton, Professor Emeritus, Linguistics Department, UC Berkeley

 Justin Spence, Graduate Student, Linguistics Department, UC Berkeley


12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.        Lunch (provided) 

 Great  Hall , Building 10, Clark Kerr Campus

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.          Ishi Film (screening/remarks)    

 Nicole Lim, Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center


1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.           Round Table: Ishi's Legacy  

 Larry Myers (moderator), Secretary, California Native American Heritage Commission

 James Clifford, Professor, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz 

 Nancy Rockafellar, Director, Emeritus, Oral History Program, UC San Francisco

 James Hayward, Cultural Resources Program Manager, Redding Rancheria

 Louise Davis,  Cultural Coordinator,  Redding Rancheria

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.           Break


3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.           Plenary Session: American Indian                                          Representation in Museums Today

 Mari Lyn Salvador (moderator), Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Nicolasa Sandoval, Director of Education, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

 Cynthia Chavez Lamar, Director, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research

 Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Director, Grace Hudson Museum

 Nicole Lim, Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center


5:00 p.m.                                Close of Conference

 Mari Lyn Salvador, Director Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology


5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.          Reception

 Kroeber Hall, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Chair, Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues
Final schedules and personalized conference badges will be available the day of the event.
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