American Indian Resource Center
6518 Miles Avenue
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(323) 583-2794 Fax: (323) 587-2061
The AIRC collection is the largest public library collection in the U.S. that focuses on American Indians. AIRC materials include audiocassettes, books, compact discs, films, magazines, microfilm, newsletters, newspapers, and video cassettes. Most of these materials can be checked out.
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is L.A.'s second oldest cultural institution, opening its doors in 1913. The Times Mirror Hall of Native American Cultures showcases more than 800 pieces from the Museum's permanent collections in 16 different interpretive areas. Highlights include Navajo textiles from the William Randolph Hearst Collection, California and Great basin baskets, Southwest pottery and jewelry, Plains beadwork, and replicas of a two-story Pueblo cliff dwelling and a collector's California Craftsman house.
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
(323)667-2000 Fax (323)660-5721
The Autry Museum of Western Heritage offers many opportunities for teachers and families to learn about the Native American experience through their rotating exhibitions and special events. One mission of the museum is to explore the interwoven histories and myths of the American West and its diverse peoples.
11-795 Fields Road
Banning, CA 92220
(909) 849-7289 Fax: (909) 849-3549
The purpose of the Malki Museum is to promote scholarship, cultural awareness and understanding of Southern California Indian tribes. The museum features materials from the San Gorgonio Pass area but collects and displays materials from all other Southern California Indian groups. The Malki Museum encourages and perpetuates these cultures by publishing works on the past and present California Indian cultures.
Chumash Indian Interpretive Center
3290 Lang Ranch Parkway
Thousand Oaks, California
As part of the Santa Monica Mountain Range, the Chumash Center is surrounded with the natural beauty of lush overgrown meadows and creeks, large oak groves and native vegetation. A variety of fowl and wildlife can be seen throughout the park. Unique landscapes and rock formations as well as Chumash Indian sights can be observed on our guided nature walks. Interpreters and tour guides share valuable information about these natural surroundings and the Chumash People who lived there.
Festivals and Pow Wows
What are Pow Wows?
Pow Wow time is the Native American people's way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and make new ones. This is a time to renew thought of the old ways and to preserve a rich heritage. Pow Wows are organized by committees that work for months planning the events. At the Pow Wow, the MC runs the events. The MC works with the Arena Director to keep the Pow Wow organized and running smoothly. These two individuals along with the committee work hard to bring the people together to dance and fellowship together in the circle.