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History Museum hosts California Indian feast exhibition


Courtesy of the Grace Hudson Museum    
This acorn mush basket is one of the artifacts included in “Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” the Los Altos History Museum’s latest display.

“Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” a statewide traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy, is scheduled to open Saturday and run through April 16 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

A public opening reception is slated 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the museum.

The exhibition will feature historical and contemporary photographs, artifacts, food specimens, memoirs and recipes.

Based on a compendium of Native American cuisine by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley, the display showcases foods important in the lives of Native Californians.

Sherrie Smith-Ferri, director of the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, curated the exhibition in consultation with her aunt, Kathleen Rose Smith, a California Indian artist and a member of the Coast Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo tribes.

Smith-Ferri noted how much fun it was to put the exhibition together.

“It brought back lots of good memories of getting together with the family to spend time at the coast harvesting abalone, mussels and seaweed, or going to pick berries,” she said. “And of course, it brings back recollections of some great meals eaten together.”

The exhibition contains harvesting instructions and recipes for foods such as huckleberry bread, pine nut soup, rose hip syrup and roasted barnacles.

Related programs for children are scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (“Animals and Fish as Food”) and Feb. 11 (“Native Plants as Food”).

Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

 

For more information, call 948-9427, ext. 14, or visit losaltoshistory.org.

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