California Indians


California Indians: The First People

Initially developed under the direction of a Native Advisory Council in 2011, “California Indians: The First People” presents the unique contributions of California’s Native Peoples in their own voice. Above all, it underscores that despite centuries of oppression, California Indians remain vital, nurturing their traditions while contributing to the modern state. 

Through artifacts, original art, oral histories and an interactive language kiosk, the exhibit chronicles the histories and cultural legacies of over 100 tribes. Highlights include the Chipped Stone Bear, California’s official prehistoric artifact; baskets woven by Native artists; a fur cape owned by Ishi; and more.