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Celebrating Indigenous Culture



Dear Cherished Friends and Allies,


As we approach the year's end, we find ourselves contemplating the profound richness of Indigenous culture, a vibrant tapestry intricately woven into the fabric of our collective story. This December, we extend a heartfelt invitation for you to join us in reveling in the diversity, traditions, and resilience of Indigenous peoples.


Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays, our activities and connections may evoke a myriad of emotions – joy, anxiety, connection, or perhaps, isolation. It is a special juncture for us to pause, rekindle our deeper values, and engage with the unfolding moments from the serene, balanced core within us.


Drawing inspiration from indigenous teachings, we share with you virtues that serve as a timeless guide to living a more harmonious and connected life:


  1. The Earth is our mother; care for her.

  2. Honor your ancestors through your actions.

  3. All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect.

  4. Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more, and give back to her.

  5. Put the good of all before your interests.

  6. Give constant thanks for each new day.

  7. Follow the rhythms of nature; rise and retire with the sun.

  8. Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks.


Simple, yet profound, these ancient pillars of existence remain relevant, offering guidance even in the midst of life's challenges.


As we decelerate, embracing the natural rhythms of life, detached from the man-made stresses and technology, we are reminded of our interconnectedness. We acknowledge our small yet vital role in the grand tapestry of existence. In this transitional season, we invite you to pause and reflect, finding solace in the potency and purpose of our connections, with a steadfast gaze toward a future that continually uplifts Indigenous visibility, traditional knowledge, and regeneration.


In the spirit of giving this season, we invite you to consider supporting the Museum of the American Indian. Together, let's uplift and empower Indigenous communities, honoring the unique contributions they bring to our world.


With only a few weeks remaining in the holiday season, every donation holds significance in our mission to share the incredible knowledge of Indigenous communities through art, educational workshops, speakers, films, and music. Excitement fills the air as we anticipate our grand re-opening on April 27, 2024 – a momentous occasion to experience the myriad offerings the Museum of the American Indian holds within the Museum and across the sacred Miwok Park.


Save the Date: April 27, 2024 - Grand Re-Opening!


Join us this December as we unite to honor, appreciate, and celebrate the profound beauty of Indigenous culture. Together, let's embrace the diversity that enriches our shared human experience.


Your generosity is a beacon of hope, and we extend our deepest thanks for being an integral part of our mission to amplify Indigenous voices.


Wishing you warmth, joy, and a meaningful December.


With heartfelt gratitude,


Dean Hoaglin, Tamal'ko Coast Miwok

President and Chair of the Board of Directors

Museum of the American Indian

PO Box 864

Novato, CA 94948


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