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Colleen Hicks, Director, gives presentations about the museum and local natives, the Coast Miwoks. Museum of the American Indian was founded in 1967 as a repository for all the materials uncovered during several archeological excavations at Miwok Park. The museum has evolved into an education and cultural center for the Bay Area. Ms. Hicks travels with replicated artifacts and demonstrates Native Life Ways for an interesting and engaging lecture.
FOR THE CHILDREN: TODAY AND THE NEXT SEVEN GENERATIONS
Friday afternoon three young Navajo children came into the museum with a couple in their late thirties. The children’s ages were 12, 10 and 7 years old. The woman said she was the great aunt of the children and that the grandmother had become too ill to take care of them, so she has had them for the last year.
I heard the twelve year old girl, say quietly to her great aunt, “Do you think we could help out here.” I found out that they were home schooled and arranged for them to attend the two hour Coast Miwok tour and to make tule boats with the scheduled class.
When native children are abandoned by their parents they often become abandoned by their culture also. At the museum the children felt that they belonged and read every Creation Story on display in the gallery.
At the museum non native children learn about native people. It also is a place for native children to come and feel they belong where they can learn about their culture and other native cultures. There is a sense of belonging.
I plan to create an afternoon a month free workshop for children to come and make crafts together. Please support the Museum of the American Indian.
Colleen Hicks, Executive Director
We are grateful for the earth-
We are grateful for the sun-
We are grateful for the water-
We are grateful for the food.
Native American blessing