2009-11-07

Native American Exhibit at Columbia College

Native American Exhibit at Columbia College

Native American weavings, kachina dolls, beadwork, basketry, and pottery are on display in the Columbia College rotunda through November 20, 2009.

These items are part of an extensive Native American artifact collection gathered by William Walter of Mountain View, California. They come from the various tribes of the Southwest, including Mission tribes of southern California, and some Plains tribes, notably Cheyenne and Apache. The collection was given to the Columbia College Foundation by Walter in 1974, and has been exhibited, all or in part, every year since.

The woven and sewn baskets on display are examples from the Pima, Jicarilla Apache, Hopi, and California Mission Indian cultures. Baskets were used to carry all kinds of foodstuff as well as for cooking. They were made by a variety of weaving and sewing techniques, some fine enough to carry water.

The rotunda is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed holidays.

Columbia College, 11600 Columbia College Dr., Sonora CA 95370

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