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The Museum’s educational program presents classes that explore the history and culture of Native Americans in California and other regions of the country for both adults and children. The school age programs fulfill the state curriculum for social studies. Other educational activities presented by the Museum include, winter, spring and summer (Camp Coyote) workshops and day camps for children 6 -11, a six part lecture series for adults and traditional story telling by Native elders.
Alicia M. Retes, C.I.T., C.I.G.
Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer
Alicia, part Mayo, Yaqui and Cherokee is a multitalented interpretive artisan, nature guide and musician. Her work is influenced by personal wildlife adventures combined with respect and appreciation for Native cultural art. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer through the National Association for Interpreters. Alicia’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to experience meaningful, nurturing relationships with nature through the joy of discovery and interactive experiences guiding to greater respect for all life.
Students harvesting bay nuts with Ms. Alicia
Coast Miwok Class Description (2016-2017)
Welcome to the Museum of the American Indian, located in Miwok Park adjacent to the Novato Creek.
Our two hour walking tour throughout the park will focus on how the Miwok utilized the resources in the area for housing, food, clothing, and other activities of daily life. The students will gather acorns and bay nuts when in season. A tour of the Museum exhibits is included. After the first hour, the class will be divided into three different groups. Each to rotate through the following:
Tour concludes with all students learning a Coast Miwok children’s song and playing clapper sticks.
$160 Up to 25 students and up to 5 adults including the teacher
$180 26-33 students and up to 7 adults including the teacher
*Classes over 33 students must split into two separate tours groups at $160 each.
Additional Native American Cultural Crafts (Pricing per student)
Ring & Pin Toy 15 - 20 minutes
Students will make a traditional toy out of leather, twine and a wooden stick. Native American children used the ring and pin to play and to develop their hand-eye coordination. $3
Plant Fiber Cordage 30 - 5 minutes
Introduction to the cattail plant, its habitat, and the strength and pliability of the leaves:
Native Americans used the leaves for weaving baskets, skirts and making rope. Students will
learn how to twist the cattail leaves and create rope. $8
Buckskin Medicine Bags 10 - 15 minutes
Medicine Bags are a part of the Native Culture. Plains Indians wrap herbs for healing purposes in soft leather pouches and carry them for medicinal purposes. Students will fill a small soft leather pouch with white sage and tie it off with natural made string and decorate with feathers. $3
Interactive Story or Puppet Show 15 - 30 minutes
Traditional Oral Native Stories and/or With Puppets $35 to $55
Tule Crafts (Contingent on materials availability)
Mini Boat 30 to 45 minutes $10 Bittern Bird 30 minutes $8 Mini Duck 20 minutes $4
Contact the Museum at (415) 897-4064 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Location 2200 Novato Blvd. at Miwok Park in Novato
Cultural Crafts To Add Onto Tours
Shell Necklace -Make a shell necklace using natural fiber cordage, abalone, dentalium and class beads
Ring & Pin Toy 15 – 20 minutes
Traditional native toy made of leather, twine and a wooden stick used by children to play with and develop their hand and eye coordination skills
Making Rope 30 – 45 minutes
Introduce the cattail plant, where it grows and the strength and pliability of the leaves
Explain how the Native Americans used the leaves for weaving baskets, skirts and making rope
Demonstrate how to twist the Cattail rope and create rope
Tule 30 – 45 minutes (Subject to Availability of Tule)
Traditional Tule Boats or Tule Bittern Birds Crafting either a miniature Tule boat OR a toy a Bittern bird that lived among the Tule reeds
Medicine Bags 10 - 15 minutes
Medicine Bags are a part of the Native Culture. Plains Indians wrap herbs for healing purposes in soft leather pouches and carry it with them for medicinal purposes. Students will fill a small soft leather pouch with white sage and tie it off with natural made string and decorate with feathers
Interactive Story or Puppet Show 15 to 30 minutes
Traditional Native Story acted out through puppetry, telling a story that has been passed down through the generations.
Contact Alicia M. Retes Phone (415) 897-4064 Email email@example.com
Location 2200 Novato Blvd. at Miwok Park in Novato
Mail Post Office Box 864, Novato, CA 94948
Web Site www.marinindian.com
Precious Cargo California Indian Cradle Baskets and Childbirth Traditions
“Through your work at the Museum of the American Indian you are insuring that future generations understand the rich heritage and important lessons from the Native Americans that lived in this region and throughout North America. Thank you for all you do to promote tolerance, understanding and a strong sense of community pride.”
Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools