Expanded Native Peoples Gallery
Expanded Native Peoples Gallery

On August 21, 2015, the expanded Native Peoples Gallery opened. There is a Caring for the Land mural with information about how Native nations carefully managed local landscapes. Exhibit cases displaying baskets and other artifacts include videos showing traditional basket and tule house making, acorn preparation, and deer hunting, etc. There is also a video of swimming salmon. 

In the second room, sit on a circular wooden bench and listen to three recorded stories. In one recording Glen Villa, Jr. (Northern Miwok/Plains Miwok) tells about the First People and a traditional creation narrative. Another recording is of a traditional Yokuts story, told by Sylvia Ross (Chukchansi Yokuts). The third recording tells of the Indian freedom fighters led by Estanislao, for whom the Stanislaus River and County were named. A cannon barrel of the type used by the Mexican army in battles against the Indians is displayed. There is a hands-on activity for younger visitors, and a large mural of an Indian man and woman bedside a lush riverside. The Homelands mural is a photo-mosaic made up of more than 7,000 small photos, which depict important plants, animals, landscapes, and so on.

The expanded Native Peoples Gallery was funded by the Nature Education Facilities Program, created by the 2006 Clean Water Bond Act, and with donations in memory of Richard Beecher Salmon.