Museum, Yosemite National Park

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    Indian Baskets at the Yosemite Museum
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    MUSEUM OF INDIAN CULTURAL EXHIBIT

    by travelgourmet Updated Mar 23, 2011

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    INDIAN CULTURAL MUSEUM
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    The unassuming building next to the Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley houses the cultural history of the Miwok and Paiute people from 1850 to the present. The Museum Gallery exhibits art and photographs of past and present. There was an on site Native American basket weaver showing all who were interested, the intricate art of weaving from what the earth provided naturally into wonderful, full functioning baskets. There is also a Museum Store that features traditional American Indian crafts.

    Amazingly, one of the Museum's volunteers, Richard Conness, a dedicated volunteer with wealth of information and knowledge, is a direct descendant of U.S. Senator John Conness, California, who prepared the Bill that would be introduced in the US Senate to grant the State of California the land that today forms the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Trees. It was passed and signed by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864. A nearby mountain in Yosemite is named for the efforts of Senator Conness, and with pride, his relative of the future, today, Richard Conness, smiles with content of the results, The Yosemite National Park.

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    Yosemite Museum

    by annk Updated Jun 13, 2005

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    Yosemite Museum

    The museum is located next door to the Valley Visitor Center. It features exhibits and displays of the Miwok & Pauite Indians from 1850 to the present. The museum store sells an interesting variety of coloful & locally produced American Indian crafts.

    A cross section of a giant sequoia dating back to the year 923 is displayed right outside with ages listed on the tree rings. Good place for a photo.

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    Yosemite Museum

    by chewy3326 Written Jul 10, 2006

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    Right next to the Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley is the Yosemite Museum, which has two main exhibits; one is of baskets made by the native Miwoks, and the other showcases historic photos of Yosemite Valley. Many of the baskets were woven by Lucy Telles, who worked for the National Park Service during the 1940's and 1950's. In the other gallery there are many B&W photos of the valley, some of which helped convince Congress to make Yosemite a national park.

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    Cultural Overview

    by Rixie Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    The Yosemite Museum will give you an overview of Miwok and Paiute tribes who lived in the valley from the 19th century on, through art and cultural exhibits.

    I thought at first that the basket weaver in the corner was a wax exhibit, but she was a real person giving a live demonstration. She said that she had learned the craft from her husband's aunts when she was a young woman.

    The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    Visitors Center and Museum

    by atufft Written Apr 6, 2013

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    For first time visitors, this place is a must see place. There is a complex of museum, theater, and visitors center just west of Yosemite Village. The visitor's center provides basic education about the geology of Yosemite Valley, and includes a very nice relief model of the valley that children can touch. The theater features a short film production about the valley, the theme of which changes from time to time. Then, the museum includes mostly basketry artifacts from the Yosemite Pomo tribe who lived in the valley will into the 20th century. There are several gift shops here.

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    Yosemite Museum

    by mht_in_la Updated Jan 25, 2004
    Inside a native roundhouse

    At the Yosemite Village, right next to the Visotor Center, is the Yosemite Museum. Many artifacts from Yosemite's first residents, the native people, are displayed here. Behind the museum you'll find a small native village nicely re-constructed to simulate the native life from hundreds of years ago.

    I joined a ranger program lead by a direct descendant of Yosemite's first people. She walked us around the native village and to the roundhouse, a religious ceremonial place. Inside the roundhouse, she started a fire, and taught us several native songs and dances.

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    Yosemite Museum

    by Shihar Written Aug 10, 2006

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    Right next door to the Visitor Center is the Indian Cultural Exhibit. This is a good place to learn Yosemite History.

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