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The Museum’s educational program presents classes that explore the history and culture of Native Americans in California and other regions of the country for both adults and children. The school age programs fulfill the state curriculum for social studies. Other educational activities presented by the Museum include, winter, spring and summer (Camp Coyote) workshops and day camps for children 6 -11, a six part lecture series for adults and traditional story telling by Native elders.
Alicia M. Retes, C.I.T., C.I.G.
Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer
Alicia, part Mayo, Yaqui and Cherokee is a multitalented interpretive artisan, nature guide and musician. Her work is influenced by personal wildlife adventures combined with respect and appreciation for Native cultural art. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer through the National Association for Interpreters. Alicia’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to experience meaningful, nurturing relationships with nature through the joy of discovery and interactive experiences guiding to greater respect for all life.
Students harvesting bay nuts with Ms. Alicia
Coast Miwok Tour/Class About 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours
45 – 1hr. Walking outside among the trees talking about Miwok life, their environment and how they managed and used the natural resources to provide for their needs, housing, food, clothing etc. Gather bay nuts when in season, participate in an interactive deer hunting story and examine the materials and framework of the kotcha, the Miwoks house
15 minutes upstairs in the Museum looking at the Diorama & current exhibit
½ hr. breaking up into 4 different groups to experience different Native games, rotating so that each child experiences all of the activities:
Cultural Crafts To Add Onto Tours
Ring & Pin Toy 15 – 20 minutes
Traditional native toy made of leather, twine and a wooden stick used by children to play with and develop their hand and eye coordination skills
Making Rope 30 – 5 minutes
Introduce the cattail plant, where it grows and the strength and pliability of the leaves
Explain how the Native Americans used the leaves for weaving baskets, skirts and making rope
Demonstrate how to twist the Cattail rope and create rope
Tule 30 – 45 minutes Subject to Availability of Tule)
Traditional Tule Boats or Tule Bittern Birds Crafting either a miniature Tule boat OR a toy a Bittern bird that lived among the Tule reeds
Medicine Bags 10 - 15 minutes
Medicine Bags are a part of the Native Culture. Plains Indians wrap herbs for healing purposes in soft leather pouches and carry it with them for medicinal purposes. Students will fill a small soft leather pouch with white sage and tie it off with natural made string and decorate with feathers
Interactive Story or Puppet Show 15 to 30 minutes
Traditional Native Story acted out through puppetry, telling a story that has been passed down through the generations.
Contact Alicia M. Retes Phone (415) 897-4064 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location 2200 Novato Blvd. at Miwok Park in Novato
Mail Post Office Box 864, Novato, CA 94948
Web Site www.marinindian.com
2011-2012 Classes & Lecture
|Coast Miwok||$145 up to 25 students plus 5 adults
$165 26 to 30 students plus 6 adults
$185 31 to 34 students plus 8 adults
35 or over students, must split class into two tours
$18 per person (Individuals/Home Schoolers)
|Tule Boats||$10 per person|
|Rope Making||$8 per person (up to 3 pieces of rope)|
|Toys||$3.00/person /toy (school group rate)
$5.50/person /toy (private)
|Puppet Show||$35 School rate w/ Coast Miwok Class
||$3.50/per person/per bag|
|Tule Bittern Birds*||$8/person|
|AVAILABILITY OF TULE PERMITTING|
Precious Cargo California Indian Cradle Baskets and Childbirth Traditions
2011 Marin Show: Art of the Americas
Marin Center & Embassy Suites, San Rafael, CA
Art of the Americas celebrates its 27th year as the most substantive and extensive ongoing showcase focused on antique American Indian, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and contemporary American Indian art.
“Through your work at the Museum of the American Indian you are insuring that future generations understand the rich heritage and important lessons from the Native Americans that lived in this region and throughout North America. Thank you for all you do to promote tolerance, understanding and a strong sense of community pride.”
Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools