California Indians: The First People

First contact by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, Vicente Teoxiutleko Moreno
First contact by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, Vicente Teoxiutleko Moreno

September 4 - November 11

Archaeological findings show that the first people settled in California well over 5,000 years ago, inhabiting the mountains, river valleys, deserts and the coast. The exhibition showcases California's diverse climate zones which led to variations of diet and housing, even as trade, periodic gatherings, and intermarriage led to cultural similarities such as creation myths.

 

Tools made of stone, shell, wood and fiber as well as regalia, foods, games and examples of hunting and gathering will be on display.

Native Californians and the Anza Expedition

September 4 to October 28

 

This mini exhibit in the Museum Waiting Room features paintings and a map showing the  1775-76 Juan Bautista de Anza expedition route from Culiacan, Mexico to San Francisco and the Native American tribes encountered along the route.

 

First Contact by Michael Whitehorse Aviles
First Contact by Michael Whitehorse Aviles
All of the paintings on this page were commissioned by the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation.
Mission Era by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, Vicente Teoxiutleko
Mission Era by Alicia Maria Siu, Antonio Moreno, Vicente Moreno, Vicente Teoxiutleko
Survivors of Genocide/Warriors for Future Generations by Antonio Moreno, Alicia Maria Siu, Elijah Pfotenhauer
Survivors of Genocide/Warriors for Future Generations by Antonio Moreno, Alicia Maria Siu, Elijah Pfotenhauer