First Peoples of California

First Peoples of California

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 2 - November 14

First Peoples of California is an exhibit about California’s earliest inhabitants. In this display, visitors will see Indian home models, cave paintings, maps, hunting nets, arrowheads, a complete acorn-processing set up and stunning Indian-made baskets. Examples of some beautiful, hand-woven baskets from the Phelps Collection will be on display. Docents will allow visitors to try some of the traditional games as well.

A special section will showcase the arrival of Spanish soldiers and missionaries after 1769.  Called Two Cultures Collide, contrasts in building materials, foods, art, music, and tools will be shown.   This European invasion revolutionized Indian culture.

The Museum will sponsor a special event:  Don Phelps will hold a sale of his American Native Silver and Turquoise Jewelry.  He will also give appraisals at $10 per evaluation.  Proceeds donated to the Museum.  Saturday, October 16, 10 am to 1 pm in front of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.  

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