WILD INDIAN!

Setting

TIME: 1911-1916

PLACE: The Yahi Indian exhibit in a gallery of the Museum of Anthropology, San Francisco

SETTING: The setting suggests an exhibition within an exhibition. The Yahi exhibit with its cyclorama and proscenium frame is set within a museum gallery.

The exhibition gallery of the museum is modestly elegant in it marble columns and floor. There are hallways to other parts of the museum and doors to offices and workrooms. There are two or more marble benches intended for museum visitors. There are maybe several stanchions with velvet swags separating the theatre audience from the exhibit.

Most of the stage is taken up with a raised and framed mock-up of the habitat of the Yahi similar to an exhibition in a natural history museum. In it can be seen, toward the back at one side, a Yahi house (watg£rwa) in which Ishi lives. There are rocks, a tree, bushes, and the ground is covered with earth and the natural flora of the area around Deer Creek. Near the front of the exhibit is a firepit where a fire is laid ready for lighting, and in a prominent position is a stuffed coyote. In the distance can be seen Mount Lassen and the sky. The exhibit is identified in large letters--ISHI THE LAST OF THE YAHI.

Both the Yahi exhibit and the museum gallery can be transformed by lighting. At times the Yahi exhibit is simply a natural history display. At other times it becomes a mystical backlighted landscape by moonlight--the area at Deer Creek as remembered by Ishi.


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