Museum brings Maidu history to life
Before steam engines and calls of ‘all aboard,’ Roseville was home to the Maidu Indians.
For more than 4,000 years, the Maidu occupied Roseville and established a unique lifestyle that is on display at the newly re-opened Maidu Museum.
The museum recently moved into a 7,200 square-foot roundhouse, a building modeled after the traditional Native American ceremonial meeting place.>>>
While construction of the University of Montana’s new Native American Center is complete, the doors won’t open until graduation weekend.
Kevin Krebsbach, UM’s associate director of planning and construction, said the building is still waiting on furniture and needs general cleanup and maintenance work, in addition to landscaping outside. The Native American Studies program probably won’t move in early, either, in an effort to keep the building pristine for its opening ceremony in May, when representatives from Montana’s eight Indian tribes will be present, Krebsbach said.>>>
Fifteen members of the Consciousness Club gathered in the living room of a senior house, their plates filled high with sautéed spinach, sweet potatoes, and fresh salad with homemade dressing, sipping steaming mugs of spicy hot chocolate and apple cider. The room was void of furniture; instead, a colorful collection of cushions were scattered under a metal pyramid-shaped frame. As the scent of spiced incense filled the air, the bold sound of a gong signaled the start of group meditation.>>>Spirits in the Sand
American Indians gather to preserve culture
From the air, the lines etched in the floor of the desert were hard to see, like drawings left in the sun too long. As our pilot cut tight turns over a desert plateau in southern Peru, north of the town of Nasca, I could just make out a succession of beautifully crafted figures.
"Orca!" shouted Johny Isla, a Peruvian archaeologist, over the roar of the engine. He pointed down at the form of a killer whale. "¡Mono!" he said moments later, when the famous Nasca monkey came into view. “¡Colibrí!” The hummingbird.>>>
American Indian Movement West, one of the leading Native American activist organizations in the United States, did not celebrate President’s Day on Feb. 15. Instead, they gathered with members and supporters around a fire at Ocean Beach to celebrate Liberation Day with ceremony and song.>>>