Museum of the American Indian, Novato

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The mission of the Museum of the American Indian is to provide the people of Northern California with programs and exhibits that deepen understanding and appreciation of Native American cultures. The Museum promotes accuracy, sensitivity and respect for the heritage and history of our continent's earliest inhabitants.

The Museum engages diverse audiences in the exploration and preservation of the history, languages, art and traditions of Native Americans through the growth of its permanent collections, its exhibitions and the vitality and diversity of its educational programs.

The Museum involves the entire community by providing programs that are responsive to the interests of children and adults, including educators, collectors and schools.

The Museum of the American Indian operates as:

• A center of exhibitions, symposia, film, demonstrations, workshops and cultural celebrations.

• An educational resource for children’s cultural enrichment programs.

• A repository for artifacts, photographs, drawings and books.

• A forum for the objective examination of Native American cultures.

• An archive of information and data, available for inquiry and consultation.

The Museum creates dialogue within the community about Native American cultures by:

• Interpreting the history, art, traditions and life ways of Indian peoples.

• Giving voice to elders, artists, culture bearers, and others of Native American ancestry.

• Providing educators with curriculum guidance concerning Native American history

• Fostering awareness of the interdependency of culture and their environment.

The Museum’s goals are to:

• Make Native American cultures, past and present, come alive for all people.

• Build and maintain a facility with designated space for protection, preservation, display and interpretation of Native American artifacts and for educational programming and research.
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  • The Museum of the American Indian located in Miwok Park in Novato, California consists of two areas. The first is the downstairs which is the Learning Center for the Miwok People who inhabited Marin.....  more »
  • We visited this small but very busy Museum in a Park in Novato California. Well presented full of history of the Miwok Indian Tribe , and where they are today. The Curator was in attendance and was...  more »
  • Very informative. Did the docent tour, which was beneficial.
  • I loved this place! I went there for my daughter's school field trip and it was truly amazing. We had a very informative tour of the museum. The lady that gave the tour was very Knowledgable and super nice. We even learned a song!

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