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Native Americans

Native American

Cultural Connections

American Indian Resource Center
6518 Miles Avenue
Huntington Park, CA 90255
323.583.2794 Fax: 323.587.2061

The AIRC collection is the largest public library collection in the U.S. that focuses on American Indians. AIRC materials include audiocassettes, books, compact discs, films, magazines, microfilm, newsletters, newspapers, and video cassettes. Most of these materials can be checked out.

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is L.A.'s second oldest cultural institution, opening its doors in 1913. The Times Mirror Hall of Native American Cultures showcases more than 800 pieces from the Museum's permanent collections in 16 different interpretive areas. Highlights include Navajo textiles from the William Randolph Hearst Collection, California and Great basin baskets, Southwest pottery and jewelry, Plains beadwork, and replicas of a two-story Pueblo cliff dwelling and a collector's California Craftsman house.

Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
323.667.2000 Fax 323.660.5721

The Autry Museum of Western Heritage offers many opportunities for teachers and families to learn about the Native American experience through their rotating exhibitions and special events. One mission of the museum is to explore the interwoven histories and myths of the American West and its diverse peoples. 

Malki Museum
11-795 Fields Road
Banning, CA 92220
909.849.7289 Fax: 909.849.3549 

The purpose of the Malki Museum is to promote scholarship, cultural awareness and understanding of Southern California Indian tribes. The museum features materials from the San Gorgonio Pass area but collects and displays materials from all other Southern California Indian groups. The Malki Museum encourages and perpetuates these cultures by publishing works on the past and present California Indian cultures.

Chumash Indian Interpretive Center
3290 Lang Ranch Parkway
Thousand Oaks, California

As part of the Santa Monica Mountain Range, the Chumash Center is surrounded with the natural beauty of lush overgrown meadows and creeks, large oak groves and native vegetation. A variety of fowl and wildlife can be seen throughout the park. Unique landscapes and rock formations as well as Chumash Indian sights can be observed on our guided nature walks. Interpreters and tour guides share valuable information about these natural surroundings and the Chumash People who lived there.