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Novato, CA 94947
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The Museum of the American Indian provides programs and exhibitions that deepen understanding and appreciation of Native American cultures. The museum is a cultural center that provides cultural enrichment for school children, a repository for artifacts, and center for exhibitions, honoring Native American artists, past and present.
Childbirth and Cradle Baskets in California Indian Culture
California Indian people have relied on cradle baskets for centuries to protect their children and also to play a role in shaping a child's character and directing his or her future. Concern for the child's future is also reflecting within the cradle, as the basket becomes a vehicle for the community's most serious views concerning health and relationship with the world. The tribe's survival lay within the cradle basket.
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