In a wooded area off Novato Boulevard stands the Marin Museum of the American Indian, now displaying “Precious Cargo,” an exhibit of Native American childbirth and cradle baskets. The popular exhibit opened March 23 and will continue until August.
On opening night visitors walked through the museum sampling foods such as acorn soup, smoked salmon, berried tea and acorn brownies. Various handmade woven cradle baskets hung in display cases, some dating back more than 100 years. The baskets were made by California Native American women. Some incorporated colorful beads, others included umbrella-like tops to shade babies from the sun.
Visitors to “Precious Cargo” learn how the baskets were used, as well as the traditional roles of Native American women in various California tribes including the Coast Miwok, who are native to Novato. Read more.