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How to Best Visit Indigenous Destinations in Honor of Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2023

Visit Native California Showcases Diverse Native Communities and Cultural Tourism Experiences

Earlier this year, the Visit Native California online hub was launched to showcase the Golden State’s diverse Native communities and cultural tourism experiences. Home to over 100 federally recognized tribes, California’s rich cultural heritage may be found at every turn. Listed below:

Exhibits

  1. The Native American Garden at Villa Mira Monte pays honor to the Amah Mutsun peoples, who’ve inhabited Morgan Hill for more than 10,000 years. Villa Mira Monte is Morgan Hill’s “history park” featuring the Morgan Hill Museum. An exhibit inside the museum tells the Amah Mutsun story from creation to the present day. The garden outside the museum expands the cultural education experience, demonstrating how the Native Americans lived long before the Spanish and Mexican settlers.

Immersive Education

  1. The Esselen Tribe has inhabited the Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast for 10,000 years. As visitors tread the ancestral lands of the native peoples of Monterey County, stop to be educated on the rich history and embrace traditions all around. Travelers can be immersed in a Lasapa Lelima Purification Treatment bathing ceremony at The Spa at Pebble Beach, featuring locally grown coastal white sage and elderberry. During November for National Native American Heritage Month, Alta Bakery + Café and Cella Restaurant will also raise funds for the Esselen Tribe with Bluecorn Porridge breakfasts at Alta and a dinner at Cella spotlighting indigenous cuisine and local acorn flour, madrone berries, wild boar, and turkey eggs.

Events

  1. Powwows are a Native American tradition that brings together many different tribes and communities to celebrate culture through dancing, singing, socializing, crafts, arts, and food. On Nov. 11, plan a visit to Richmond, CA to witness the 13th Annual Richmond Contest Pow Wow. However, before heading to a Powwow, be sure to review tipson how to partake in viewing respectfully.