The California Museum to be featured on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” second season finale
The mystery of Ishi’s fur cape solved by staff anthropologist Dr. P. Christiaan Klieger to debut on Tuesday, December 20th at 9:00 p.m.
(SACRAMENTO, CALIF.) – The mystery of an artifact associated with California’s best known Native, Ishi, will be featured on the Dec. 20th season finale of the Travel Channel series, “Mysteries at the Museum,” from 9:00-10:00 p.m. Researched for the Museum’s exhibition, “California Indians: Making A Difference,” staff anthropologist Dr. P. Christiaan Klieger recounts the discovery of the fur cape and his investigation of its authenticity, which shed new light on the Yahi tribe’s “extinct” classification and challenged the label given to Ishi by Dr. Alfred Kroeber in 1911 as, “the last wild Indian in North America.”
The rare Yahi cape is displayed in the Museum’s permanent exhibit, “California Indians: Making A Difference,” which opened on Mar. 30th and is the only one of its kind to be developed in Native voice. Representing over 100 tribes across the state, the 3,000-square foot gallery was created under a Native advisory council’s direction to showcase the unique contributions of the California’s Native peoples through over 400 artifacts including:
- Newspaper articles, fur cape and glass arrowhead commemorating the 100th anniversary of Ishi’s discovery
- Basketry by two of the 20th century’s most famous Native artists, Dotsolalee and Lucy Telles
- Contemporary Native artwork from Frank LaPeña, Harry Fonseca & Fritz Scholder
- All-new oral history series featuring 13 Native Californians on multimedia stations
Utilizing the voices and experiences of Natives themselves, the exhibit presents stories of adaptation and triumph which reveal California Indians have not only survived but continue to thrive in the state’s constantly changing cultural conditions.
Brenna Hamilton, Communications Director, at (916) 651-0934 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum’ (Comcast digital cable in Sacramento, check local listings for times and channels elsewhere.)
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