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Pomo Country - Northern California
The native Pomo people settled thousands of years ago in Lake County near beautiful Clear Lake and the volcanic Mount Konocti – a sacred site for the tribe. The Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, CA, the Mendocino County Museum in Willits, CA, The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Santa Rosa, CA and the Historic Courthouse Museum in Lakeport, CA all display an impressive collection of Pomo baskets, stone tools, arrowheads and other ceremonial items.
This quiet area is where wine country meets the redwoods; from quiet vineyards bounded by lush redwood forests along the Mendocino Coast, to the sun-drenched rolling hills of rugged Lake County, the North Coast has about as varied a wine country as you can get. Start near the Pacific, where summer fog and wet winters make for some of the coolest wine-growing climate in California
Wine Country - Santa Rosa/Napa, CA
Visitors enjoy the region’s famous mud baths which were originally discovered by the Wappo Indians. This area is now known as Napa Valley's - Calistoga, CA. The tribe discovered the natural mineral springs and mud and found them to be therapeutic, building huts around them for ceremonial use to clean the body and spirit.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History pays tribute to the Chumash Indians with the Chumash Indian Hall exhibition. This exhibition is one of the largest Chumash artifacts collection in the world. In September, Chumash members and descendants travel to a fomer Chumash village located in the Channel Islands National Park by taking a 21 mile journey in an authentic tomol. An authentic tomol is displayed at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
North of Santa Barbra, on the coast on Hwy 1, lies Morro Rock and Morro Bay. Museum of Natural History (Morro Bay, CA) houses a full-size replicate of a Salinan tule boat. These boats were used for traditional fishing and hunting expeditions.
Morro Rock is also a traditional (historical) landmark currently used by the Salian Indian Tribe of Monterrey and San Luis Obispo Counties are allowed to climb. Indigenous to the Central Coast, the Salinan Tribe has been climbing Morro Rock twice a year for centuries to perform religious ceremonies.
San Diego County
In Lakeside, CA is the Barona Cultural Center & Museum. This museum is dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local culture by displaying hand handmade pottery, reed baskets, paintings, arrowheads and other artifacts dating as far back as 10,000 years.
There are other other museums include the Museum of Man, the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum. California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival takes place Nov. 2-4, 2017 on the campus of Cal State San Marcos and at Pechanga Indian Reservation.
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs – the first Native American museum to be part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program – aims to inspire people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures through exhibitions, collections, research and educational programs. Cultural events include Native storytelling, traditional bird singing and dancing, as well as a three-day film festival. Hikers can also explore the tribe’s heritage at Indian Canyons park, where tribal rangers guide guests and talk about the area’s history, flora and fauna.