Seaweed, Salmon & Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast
August 16-October 12, 2014 A traveling exhibit from Exhibit Envoy, who also produced Gold Fever!. Featuring foods important in the lives of Native Californians including fish, shellfish, seaweed, meat, vegetables, berries, fruit, flowers, nuts, seeds, and salt this is the Museum's largest travelling exhibit to date! A consultant for this exhibit, Kathleen Rose Smith, a California Indian artist and member of the Coast Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo tribes, says "We knew (and still know) the land with an intimacy that results from countless interactions. . . Our foods were (and still are) as varied as the landscape, as are our methods of preparing them. We ate them raw, we roasted, boiled, baked, leached, steeped, drieds, and stored them, and, after contact, we fried and canned them."
Black oak acorns
The exhibit contains historic and contemporary framed photographs of California Indian peoples gathering, preparing, and enjoying traditional food; large format framed contemporary photographs of California Indian food resources; and informative text panels. For visitors to take home, there are tear off recipe pads of some ways to enjoy California Indian foods. The IVDM has included food related artifacts from its collections such as projectile points, throwing sticks, and abalone shells to supplement the exhibit. A collection of woven baskets and winnowing trays is on loan to the museum from John Eagle Spirit Elliot of the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation for visitors to enjoy during these eight weeks.
Daughter of the Desert, by Ingrid Vigeant
Baskets and trays play an important part in processing food. Baskets on loan from Johnny Eagle Spirit Elliot, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Salt from the ocean- makes for great seasoning! Hunting dinner needed a lot of tools. Arrowshaft straighteners, stone knives, throwing sticks part of the IVDM collection
Press Release This exhibit is being shown in partnership with Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Member of the American Alliance of Museums since 2013.
All photographs taken by IVDM staff or used with permission by Joselito Villero and Michael Field. All rights reserved.2014.