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A PASSION FOR PLANTS & PLACE:
Carl Purdy of Mendocino County

Ongoing Exhibit! Has been extended until March 18th.!!

April 16th, 2011 to March 18th, 2012
at the Mendocino County Museum
400 East Commercial St, Willits, CA 94950
707/459-2736
http://www.mendocinomuseum.org/carl-purdy.html

Open: Wed through Sun from 10am to 4:30pm

Steven Edholm made the mountain mahogany digging stick displayed in this exhibit.



GAMES OF SKILL, POWER & CHANCE IN NATIVE CALIFORNIA
August 14 to November 7, 2004
at the Grace Hudson Museum
431 South Main Street Ukiah, CA 95482
707/467-2836
www.gracehudsonmuseum.org

Tamara Wilder made the hoop & pole games, acorn tops, buzzers,
and cordage for the cat's cradle string games on display in this exhibit.
This exhibit was curated by Keith White Wolf James.


Three styles of hoop and pole game (top to bottom):

Sierra Miwuk-
1' hazel hoop wrapped with buckskin.
5' hazel pole.

Northern Pomo-
16" hazel hoop wrapped with dogbane string.
9' forked hazel pole.

Nishinam (Mokelumne River)-
24" hazel hoop wrapped with rawhide with ten radii of rawhide to center hoop of rawhide.
9' chokecherry pole or lance.

Acorn tops with sticks of chamise wood.
Balanced acorns must be used to make tops that will spin
properly.

The layout of this string figure is a bark house.
Dogbane string made by
Tamara Wilder.
Figure made by
Rachael Smith-Ferri.


THE NATIVE VOICES... Honoring the Animals
at the Maidu Interpretive Center in Roseville, CA in 2004
1960 Johnson Ranch Drive Roseville, CA 95661
916/772-4242
website


Gifts From the Deer
wall exhibit designed by Chuck Kritzon
& materials supplied by Tamara Wilder

Salmon vertebrae &
bone pin catch game.

String is made of deer sinew
and tuft of deer hair on the end of the string.
Pin is held in hand and vertebrae are swung
into air and then caught by the pin.

This game requires quite a bit of skill.

Click here for larger pictures.

Sample of woven
rabbitskin blanket.

Rabbitskins are twisted into furry ropes and then "woven" together by twining with milkweed string. Blankets such as these are incredibly warm and traditonally composed a major part of winter clothing for many California Indian tribal groups.

Click here for photos of the process of making a blanket.


Warm Springs Parfleche Exhibit
at the University of Oregon Natural History Museum
in Eugene, OR in 1999
website


This parfleche is a replication of a Western Plateau (?) envelope made circa 1870 (collected by E.C. Miller on the Yakima Reservation in WA 1913.
(As pictured on page 230 in the book The American Indian Parfleche: A Tradition in Abstract Painting
by Gaylord Torrence.)

Parfleche comes from French and can be literally translated as "against arrow". It probably gained this name from rawhide shields used by many Plains Indian tribes. The name is now applied to the many styles of Western North American containers which are made of rawhide which is often painted and softened.

This replication was made by Steven and Tamara in 1999 and supplied to the exhibit so that it could be handled by visitors for a tactile experience.

Made of elk hide and painted with natural earth pigments except the blue which is an unknown trade pigment.

Click here for more info on the process of
making parfleche.


Paleotechnics' Educational Displays
displayed regularly at classes and events


Click on each image to view a larger readable version of the displays.
Photos of each of these displays are available for sale.


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707-391-8683

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