Native foods exhibit opens at Maidu Museum

Features displays on culturally important foods for American Indians
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Learn about historically and culturally important foods in the lives of California’s American Indians from a new exhibit at the Maidu Museum and Historic Site in Roseville.

These foods include fish, shellfish, seaweed, meat, vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, nuts, seeds and salt.

Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast features photographs, baskets and other artifacts, food specimens, memoirs and recipes. This exhibit is based on a 2008 book of the same name written by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley.

The show runs through April 20 and is part of a statewide traveling exhibit from the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah and Exhibit Envoy, a nonprofit organization that organizes exhibits.

“It’s wonderful to bring a comprehensive exhibit like this to Roseville,” said museum Supervisor Mark Murphy, in a news release. “The book, exhibit and materials cover so much of California native history and culture, and capture the tremendous bounty of native foods available to the people that live, past and present, in California.”

Modern California American Indians have kept much of the plant and animal knowledge of their ancestors alive and are attempting to recover even more, according to the release.

~ Sena Christian


Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday, through April 20. Opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.
Where: Maidu Museum and Historic Site, 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville
Cost: $4.50 adult, $4 child or senior, $16 family of four, $2 from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Free entrance for 3rd Saturday art walk.
Info: Call (916) 774-5934 or visit