The Last of His Tribe (HBO cable, 8-9:30 p.m.): In 1910, a Native American named Ishi wandered into a California slaughterhouse and, when discovered, was instantly dubbed "wild." In the dramatization of this true case, anthropologist Alfred Kroeber rescues and befriends Ishi and tries to preserve his culture through this living link. The heavily researched production stars two actors with personal interest in the subject: Graham Greene (Ishi) is himself a Native American, and Jon Voigt (Kroeber) has supp orted that movement for years. MONDAY

The Oscars (ABC, 9 p.m., E.T., to conclusion): It has the requisite list of celebrity presenters, and once again Billy Crystal will provide his agreeably low-key and slightly offbeat style of hosting. But the 64th Annual Academy Awards - to be aired live from the Los Angeles Music Center - is notable for the absence of any clear favorite among Best Picture nominees - the first time this has happened in years, although some give "Bugsy" an edge. It's also the first time a feature with no humans on screen - Disney's high-grossing animated film "Beauty and the Beast" - has been up for Best Picture. THURSDAY

The Creative Spirit (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): This four-part weekly series ranges through the many guises and functions of creativity, seeing how it works in the arts, in business, and most important, in everyday life. The resourceful shows use humor, vignettes, profiles of creative people, and many other devices to explore questions like how creativity develops - or gets smothered - in children.

Please check local listings for all programs, especially those on PBS.

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