ISHI is the last of the Yahi. He is approximately 51 when the play begins, but he looks ten years younger. His movements are extraordinarily economical--conserving energy had been a principle of survival in his world. He is in a new world and wants to belong.
HILARY ADDISON is Kroeber's assistant. It is her first position since finishing her studies in Anthropology. She is 25, an Easterner from a family of good social position. She is somewhat disoriented by her entrance into a new professional world.
WING SU, 21, is Kroeber's Chinese-American secretary. She is intelligent and proud of having earned a high school diploma. She knows from the experience of her family thatsurvival depends on cultural adaptation.