In those same headwaters Ishi had watched 40 dead tribes people float in the swift current of Mill Creek. He now walked near where he had once floated with his murdered people, escaping death by pretending to be dead himself. Now he was determined to walk among those that had exterminated his people. To walk among them, to forgive and teach them. There was now no one else left to shield from the genocidal and legally sanctioned murder of the Yahi. 6 years after the massacre near the creek, the small band of Yahi survivors, mostly women and young children hidden in a Mt.Lassen cave, were discovered by a Norman Kingsley who entered the camp and slaughtered 30 innocents. Ishi had escaped this attack with a handful of family. Then soon, only Ishi remained...the last witness...
..soon the waters lead him down the ridge to the town of Oroville. The wooden slaughterhouse was the closest building. As the butcher looked up from his work, he stopped his killing, stupefied by the appearance of Ishi with his confident and
peaceful presence. Later, townsfolk were to marvel that Ishi had not been shot on the spot. To the workers that day, it was marvel that they understood...their time for killing men was over.
10th Annual Ishi Gathering and Seminar
April 29-30 20011 in Oroville, California