California Indians: Making a Difference is a new permanent exhibit at the California Museum. It celebrates the history and contributions of the more than 150 tribes which populated the state before the arrival of Europeans. Through display of art, photographs, documents and interactive presentations, the story of Indian cultural adaption and survival will be told.
Notable among the items to be exhibited are examples of the finest Indian baskets crafted in California; a buckskin jacket worn by Captain Jack, last of the Modoc warrior chiefs; and a Channel Islands pygmy mammoth reproduction. According to a recent Sacramento Press story, a private collector is loaning the museum a cloak worn by Ishi, the last of the Yahi clan who lived isolated from American society until 1911.
The California Museum
1020 O St., Sacramento
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sundays.
Admission: $8.50 for adults, $6 for youths and free for children 5 and under.
PHOTO CREDIT: Captain Jack, aka Keiutpoos, who lead the Modoc in the California-Oregon Indian war of 1872-73. 1873 photograph by Louis Heller, National Archives.