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Northern California

Favell Museum: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Klamath County Museum: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Modoc County Museum: 600 S. Main St., Alturas, CA 96101-4117 Phone: (916) 233-2944 or 916-233-6328

Lava Beds National Monument: Near Tule Lake, California

Southern California

The Southwest Museum, Los Angeles

California Indian Basketry; Shapes and Uses of California Indian Basketry

Butte County

Chico Museum Located at 141 Salem Street on the corner of 2nd and Salem. The Museum houses the artifacts from Chico's Chinese Temple and has special exhibits from time to time. Also on display are other historical artifacts and photos of Chico and the surrounding area. Free Admission. Open Wed-Sun 12-4. Call (530)891-4336 or write 141 Salem St., Chico CA 95926.


Placer County

North American Indian Annex Located in the historic Civic Center, formerly the Auburn Grammar School built in 1915. Home of the Pate Collection of Native American artifacts donated to Placer County by former Auburn Mayor Bernice Pate. Over 400 items from California, the Southwest, the Northwest Coast, Alaska and the Eastern tribes. Schoolroom display and hall exhibit. Weekdays by appointment only. Call (530) 889-6500 or write 1225 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603.

Plumas County

Chester Museum, Chester (530) 258-2426
Chester Museum features historical photographs along with Maidu Indian basketry and artifacts.

Indian Valley Museum, Taylorsville, (530) 284-7455
Indian Valley Museum features two large rooms that house Native American and other historical exhibits. A private museum, it is sponsored by the Mt. Jura Gem & Mineral Society.

Indian Valley Museum Located in historic Indian Valley in the town of Taylorsville, California. The Museum preserves the history of the area and volunteers are always on call for arranging tours for individuals, groups and schools. Open April thru October. Call (530) 284-7763 or (530) 284-6841 or write P.O. Box 136, Taylorsville, CA 95983.

Plumas County Museum, Quincy, (530) 283-6320
This beautiful two story historical museum serves as a permanent record of the people, places and activities of Plumas County. Exhibits include historical artifacts, mining and logging displays and a collection of baskets woven by the local Maidu Indians.

Lassen County

Lassen Historical Museum Located on Weatherlow Street in Susanville. The Museum is sponsored by the Lassen County Historical Society and is open May thru October, 1-4 weekdays, or by appointment. Call (530) 757-3801 or 257-4584 or write P.O. Box 321, Susanville, CA 96130.

Modoc County

Modoc County Museum Features the collection of Marc & Myrtle Belli. Indian & Pioneer artifacts; historic pictures & papers and an impressive collection of guns. Hundreds of additional items have been donated creating an outstanding representation of Modoc County. Write 600 South Main St., Alturas, CA 56101 or call (530) 233-6328.

Sacramento County

California State Indian Museum Located at 2618 K Street directly behind Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, the State Indian Museum is open daily fram 10 am to 5 pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas and NewYear's Day. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 6-12 and free for children five and under. The museum exhibits a fine collection of California Indian cultural artifacts including exquisite basketry, beadwork and clothing. The museum also contains a display on Ishi, the last of the Yahi Indians. Call (916) 324-0971 or write 2618 K Street, Sacramento CA 95814. Indian Museum Web Page.

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw'se Regional Indian Museum Located 9 miles east of Jackson (Hwy 88 to Pine Grove), northeast of Pine Grove on Pine Grove-Volcano Rd. Hiking trails, reconstructed Northern Miwok village, Ceremonial Roundhouse, other structures. Most are built near a large limestone bedrock containing over 1100 mortar cups called "Chaw'se" in the Miwok language. Developed campground, 23 sites, first-come, first-served. The Regional Indian Museum at Chaw'se includes works of Northern, Central and Southern Miwok Maidu, Konkow, Monache, Nisenan, Tubatalabal, Washo and Foothill Yokut. Dedicated to the Native Sierra People. 11-3 M-F, 10-4 Sat. Day use: $5/vehicle. Camping $12-15/night. Call (209) 296-7488 or write 14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Rd., Pine Grove, CA 95665.

Shasta County

Redding Museum of Art & History Located at 56 Quartz Hill Road in Caldwell Park, Redding, California. The museum is one of the Turtle Bay Museums. Galleries and store open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Sun. Call (530) 243-8801 or write P. O. Box 990427, Redding, CA 96003.

Shasta State Historic Park Located on Highway 299 about five miles west of Redding, California. The park is what remains of Shasta City, one of the earliest gold rush towns in California. A General Store from the 1880s is staffed by Docents on weekends. An Open House is held the first Sunday in December with volunteers in period dress and entertainment provided free. One of the best collections of California art is housed in the old Courthouse museum which still has the old jail intact. Write P.O. Box 2340, Shasta, CA 96087 or call (530) 243-8194.

Siskiyou County

Siskiyou County Museum Located at 910 South Main Street in Yreka, California. The museum was built in 1950 by the county in an attempt to preserve the history of the area for future generations. To help accomplish this, the Museum organized various thematic exhibits from prehistoric times to the turn of the century, published historical manuscripts and developed educational programming to help convey the life and times of early Siskiyou County residents. The Museum's first professionally designed and interpreted longterm exhibit - Siskiyou County, a Time of Change - opened in early 1993. The exhibit includes expanded text and artifacts of our Native American culture here in Siskiyou County, the trapping era and military history. The Museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday 9-5. Write 910 S. Main Street, Yreka, CA 96097.

 Tehama County

Tehama County Museum Located at C & 3rd streets inTehama, California. A non-profit foundation, the museum is in the 1859 school and Masonic Lodge building in Tehama, California. Open from 1-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment to groups. Each February a quilt show is held in even numbered years and a doll show in odd numbered years. A two day Jubilee is held the second weekend of September with pageants on county history, dances, music, crafts and food concessions. Civil War battlefield re-enactments. Call (530) 384-2420 or write P.O. Box 275, Tehama, CA 96090.

Yosemite National Park

   Indian Cultural Exhibit

    Lucy Parker Telles:Yosemite Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute descent. By the 1920's, she was acknowledged as the best weaver in the valley, and other women were copying the style innovations she had introduced.

  • Yosemite National Park
    P.O. Box 577
    Yosemite CA 95389-0577 USA
  • Information by telephone 209.372.0265 (Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm)
  • Information by telephone (24 hour, touch-tone indexed recording)
    TTY 209.372.4726 (hearing-impaired only)
    TTY 209.372.0599 (hearing-impaired only)

Web Sites of California Baskets

Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology:

The first entry in the catalogue of the museum's California collections is a cradle basket, which was acquired in 1901 under the auspices of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, the museum's founder. Between 1901 and 1996, the museum gathered a research collection of approximately 9,000 California Indian baskets. With specimens from every tribe in California, and examples representing every technique used in basket weaving, the collection is a unique resource.

Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum:
Marion Steinbach's lifelong interest in Native American art and culture led her to study and collect representative baskets and artifacts, and by the time of her death in 1991, she had gathered over 800 rare and diverse baskets, dolls and artifacts, each of which she carefully described and documented - truly a collection of world-class stature.
Tahoe City, California

Sanger Depot Museum's Indian Room:
When you visit Sanger Depot Museum's Indian Room, you'll find a remarkable collection of basketry from the Yokut Indians who lived in the foothills above Sanger around Squaw Valley, Wonder Valley and Dunlap, California. This collection is reputedly the finest in existence in the United States.

The Trees of Mystery:
15500 Highway 101 N. Klamath,CA.95548 - 1-800-638-3389, FAX 1-707-482-2005

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