Native STEM Maker Program

The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) Native STEM Maker Program provides engaging hands on learning and project based activities around locally and culturally relevant STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to people of all ages who have interest and/or interested in the fields. The program will use technology, digital media and encourage group work. Training will be presented by a museum professional outreach educator to students, educators, parents, families and community members.

Topics covered:

California Indian History
Cultural Intelligence
California Indian Housing Structures
California Basketry
Native Diet
Traditional and Contemporary Way of Acorn Process
California Indian Shell Money currency
Pump Drill Tool

Our program can accommodate 50 plus or less people, depending upon interest and class focus. Bring your group to the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Santa Rosa.

Register by filling out the field trip request form

Ishi Exhibit Tour

An exhibition that seeks to enrich and expand the story of Ishi and build upon the public’s awareness and appreciation of California Indian history. For many years, Ishi’s legacy has been a non native construct framed by public and scientific fascination with stereotypical views of the past. The new exhibit’s approach is to reframe Ishi’s legacy through the inclusion of California Indian voices and perspectives on issues, and to build upon current scholarship that helps to change the ways in which Ishi’s legacy is characterized and taught in public schools.

Precious Cargo Exhibit Tour
An exhibit on California Indian Cradle Basket Traditions created by the Marin Museum of the American Indian. Precious Cargo reveals what cradle baskets mean to California Indian families. By examining interrelated issues of birth, family, community, and health Precious Cargo presents a holistic view of Native traditions related to the design and use of cradle baskets.

Precious Cargo Photos

The CIMCC Native Makers Program was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

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