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Over the past 50 years, the Museum of the American Indian (MAI) has been fortunate to host a fabulous selection of exhibits that uplift Native American culture and offer the community an opportunity to learn about more Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. We exhibit historical pieces to learn from the past and honor ancestral knowledge. We also show contemporary Native American arts to celebrate current Indigenous voices. Please take a moment to click on the links below to see a sampling of the some of these exhibits and take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to keep current on our upcoming exhibits and events. 

Current Exhibits

Jackie Fawn
Jackie Fawn (Yurok/Washoe/Filipina) is a graphic illustrator who lives in Akwesasne, Mohawk territory in New York with her husband and 2.5-year-old daughter, who is “the pride and joy” of her life.  |

Henry Frank
Henry Frank, is a descendant of the great nations of the Yurok and Pomo Tribes. He is a former Arts In Corrections participant/clerk, and currently works for the William James Association as the Communications Administrator and Teaching Artist at California Medical Facility (CMF). He uses his art to amplify the voices of people of color (specifically Native Americans), people who are currently experiencing incarceration, and returning residents (aka formerly incarcerated) to expose the mistreatment, dehumanization, and desolation. His contribution is to make sure their voices are heard beyond the reservations and prison walls. His connection and coexistence within the natural world, his heritage, his culture, and incarceration experience inspires and shapes his artistic expression. Art has freed and expanded his scope of humanity, and it has been a tool for introspection, connection, and expression.

Alicia Retes
Alicia Retes, Storyteller, artisan and educator, showcases her multicultural Companion Plants and Corn Husk Dolls that have enriched communities across the Greater Bay Area. from schools to events alike. She's also contributed as a teacher and education director at the Museum of the American Indian in Novato for many years. We are grateful for her many years of dedication to the visitors of MAI and look forward to a continued partnership.

Buffalo Field Campaign
We are partnering with the Buffalo Field Campaign, the only group working both in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo. Their primary goal is to create permanent year-round protection for bison and the ecosystem they depend on—including respect for the migratory needs of this long-exploited and clearly endangered species.

Permanent Exhibits

Honoring the Coast Miwok; Past, Present and Future


The Coast Miwok Tribal Council Members



Reproduction of the “Kotcha” Coast Miwok House (Tule and Redwood)

and Granary (located outside the museum).


Past Exhibits

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