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 7 - November 10

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.

 

To learn about the Indians of the valley and Contra Costa County, click here.