Marin Museum of the American Indian

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Museum of the American Indian in Miwok Park, Novato, California
Museum of the American Indian in Miwok Park, Novato, California

The Museum of the American Indian (formerly the Marin Museum of the American Indian) is located in Novato, California, US. Situated on the site of a former Coast Miwok settlement.[1] The museum is within the 35 acres (14 ha) Miwok Park in northern Marin County. Founded in the 1967,[2] after the Novato High School Archaeology Club petitioned the Novato board of supervisors to lobby for an antiquities ordinance to ensure the preservation of the local artifacts and remains. The ordinance was approved.[3] In May of 1967, the Novato High School Archaeology Club published their official “Report on the Excavation of Marin – 374." This led to a write-up in the December 1967 issue of the magazine “Scientific American.” Club member, Pete Moore advocated for a location to house the artifacts unearthed during the club's digs. In 1967, the Museum of the American Indian opened its doors.[4]

Today, over 7,000 people visit the museum annually, including 4,000 school children from around the Bay Area.[5] The museum also hosts an annual Trade Feast in Miwok Park which features indigenous dancers, basket weaving and arrow head napping demonstrations, children's activities, native foods, and more. The Museum is open from 12:30 p to 4:30 p Friday through Sunday and hosts free activities throughout year.[6]

  1. ^ Roberts, George; Roberts, Jan (January 1999). Discover historic California: a travel guide to over 1,800 places you can see. Gem Guides Book Co. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-889786-03-2. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ Claudine Chalmers (5 November 2005). Early Mill Valley. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 14–. ISBN 978-0-7385-3042-0. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  3. ^ contributor, Corey Pride Marinscope. "Museum of the American Indian keeps anniversary party going". Marinscope Community Newspapers. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  4. ^ contributor, Corey Pride Marinscope. "Museum of the American Indian set to celebrate 50th anniversary". Marinscope Community Newspapers. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  5. ^ "Native American | United States | Museum of the American Indian | Class Field Trips". Native American | United States | Museum of the American Indian. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  6. ^ "Native American | United States | Museum of the American Indian | Events". Native American | United States | Museum of the American Indian. Retrieved 2018-11-14.

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