Native Peoples of the Sacramento Region: Prehistory and Early History
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About The Event
On September 24th, we invite you to a compelling program by guest speaker David Stuart--anthropologist and former director of the Sacramento (now Powerhouse) Science Center, Sacramento History Museum, and the San Joaquin County History Museum. He will present an illustrated lecture summarizing the remarkable history of the American Indians who lived in what is now the Sacramento Region for more than 10,000 years.
In this California heartland, the Native peoples developed rich cultures that spread into the Bay Area and the Sierra foothills. Stuart will address some of the common stereotypes about the cultures of the many Nisenan (southern Maidu)-speaking nations whose homelands were along the Yuba, Bear, Feather, Sacramento, and American Rivers; the many plains Miwok-speaking nations along the Cosumnes, Mokelumne, and Sacramento Rivers; and, to a lesser extent, the northern Yokuts-speaking nations from the Calaveras, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin River areas.
Stuart will also provide highlights of early California history from the California Indian perspective as well as answer questions about the cultures of Native peoples from the region. Don't forget to RSVP today to reserve your seat to this fascinating program.
About David Stuart: A fourth-generation native of the California heartland, David Stuart began his interest in California Indians and history as a seasonal employee at Caswell Memorial State Park on the lower Stanislaus River. He studied anthropology at Fresno State and the University of Colorado and served as the first Assistant State Archaeologist of Colorado and was a cultural resources specialist and planner for the National Park Service. Stuart developed museums and programs for the City of Ventura before coming to Sacramento in 1988. He lives in the Pocket neighborhood.
Members Free Admission - Guests $5 Admission Fee
Doors open at 6pm. Program begins at 7pm.