Developed under a Native tribal advisory council over a two year period, "California Indians: Making A Difference" is the only exhibit of its kind created in Native voice representing over 100 tribes across the state.
The 3,000-square foot gallery showcases the unique contributions of the state’s Native peoples through artifacts, art, 13 oral histories at 6 video stations and an interactive Native language kiosk. Over 400 artifacts -- many of which have never publicly viewed before -- are on display including:
Rare fur cape belonging to Ishi and an arrowhead made by him
Basketry created by 20th century Native artists Dot So La Lee and Lucy Telles
Chipped Stone Bear, California's official prehistoric artifact
Sacred white deer dance ceremonial dress and artifacts
Oral histories from notable Native activist L. Frank Manriques, recording artist Ras K'Dee and anthropologist Bradley Marshall
Life-sized reproduction of a Channel Island pygmy mammoth
Works from contemporary Native artists Frank La Peña and Fritz Scholder
Utilizing the voices and experiences of the state’s Native peoples, the exhibit presents stories of adaptation and triumph that ultimately reveal California Indians have not only survived but continue to thrive in the state’s constantly changing conditions.