NORTH FORK — If you’re looking for something special to do this weekend, here’s an idea. The Sierra Mono Museum invites the community to stop by for an open house meet-and-greet on Saturday, May 28 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be served at the free event.
Home to a large display of Mono Indian basketry, the museum holds artifacts which are donated and on loan by members of the Mono Tribe. Collections include weapons, traditional games, ceremonial items, tools, and beaded art. The Tettelton Wildlife collection includes dioramas and more than 100 free-standing taxidermy animals from North America, Asian and South America. The preservation of the Nium language [Western Mono] is an ongoing focus for the museum.
The museum receives no federal, state or city funds for general operating expenses. It is supported by membership fees, donations, gift store sales, and grant funds. The Sierra Mono Indian Museum has been a private, non profit 501(c)3 institution governed by a Board of Directors since May 9, 1966. Visiting the museum offers a glimpse at Mono Indian lifestyles of yesterday and today. On May 28th we have our annual Museum Open house where the public is invited to a free tour of the museum and nature trail as well are invited to visit our gift shop.
Mission Statement: To exist for the specific and primary purposes of fostering a better public understanding and appreciation of Mono Indian culture, past and present, promotingthe cultural developmentof our community, county, and state, through the recording and collecting of Mono Indian customs, art, and lore, and the establishment and maintenance of a building for the preservation and exhibition of this culture.