Upcoming Events


November 2, 2019 - Henry Frank Closing Reception

The current exhibit in mixed media by the versatile Henry Frank will finish with a closing reception on Saturday, November 2.  Henry, the museum’s Vice President of the Board and a prize-winning artist, creates works in painting, photography, print-making and drawing.  Much of his inspiration comes from walks in Marin shared with his wife Dianna.  Henry’s works produce positive feelings and a love and respect for nature.

September 20, 2020 – Mark your calendar!


2020 Native American Trade Feast

Help us celebrate our 53rd Anniversary on September 20th, 2020 with our Annual TRADE FEAST.

Our last three Trade Feasts were huge successes... the next one is a not-to-be-missed event!

Mark your calendar!

Current Events


August 4, 2019 – November 2, 2019 

"Trust the Spirits"

by Henry Frank, a native artist and MAI vice-president

Visit the Museum to see an exciting new exhibit in mixed media. There are some forty pieces, including prints, photos, acrylic paintings, drawings in various mediums, and gourd art.  


Henry Frank is from the Yurok and Pomo Nations. He is also a successful photographer and has created a number of greeting cards, including some for our museum, through his business, RedTail Art. This exhibit is not to be missed.

A favorite piece, featured at the Marin County Fair, portrays frisky woodpeckers at play and was inspired by a walk taken by Henry and his wife Diana near Kule Loklo. The exhibit includes a huge bear, eagles, a placid turtle, mountain lions, and several representations of musical instruments in addition to a photo collage of his creative process. Henry’s work radiates good feelings and a love of nature.

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Past Events

September 14, 2019



We are so thankful for all who came to the 2019 Trade Feast.  We know everyone simply had a great time and will include numerous pictures in coming months as confirmation.  We have included a link to a great video of Eddie Madril (click on image below) courtesy of Erik Gordon Bainbridge.


Typically our events begin with our Trustee Robert Baguio performing traditional drumming and then smudging the venue and people with sage.  This year was no different.  Robert is Pomo, a citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, and he beckons the ancestral spirits to join with the crowd and bless and cleanse in order to enjoy the festivities of the day.  Thank you, Robert.








In the words of the near past Mayor of Novato, this year was an “incredible community event”. It was. We’re so thankful for all the assistance the City of Novato extended to the event from beginning to end. Miwok Park is one of its jewels, and we’re proudly located right in the center of it. Thanks, Novato, for co-sponsoring this event.

September 15, 2018


The 2018 Trade Feast was a huge success. We had a better turn out that last year, and everyone had an amazing time. As with last year's Trade Feast, Elliot Karlan was onsite to capture the festivities. Check out more amazing images here!


Featured events at 2018's Trade Feast included Native American arts and crafts, Red Voices Intertribal Drum, Intertribal Pomo Dancers, Aztec Dancers, Hula Manu O’o, Unole All-Women's Drum Group, Miwok Songs and Stories, basketry demonstrations, regalia making, shell bead drilling, children activities, and tours of the Museum.

Over 500 participants enjoyed the 2017 Trade Feast, and we had an even better turnout in 2018.


2017 Native American Trade Feast Photos Courtesy of Elliot Karlan Photography

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