Yosemite Museum and Indian Village of the Ahwahnee

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Yosemite Museum and Indian Village of the Ahwahnee
When it was completed in 1925, the rustic stone-and-timber Yosemite Museum was the first structure built in the National Park System to be used specifically as a museum. Today it’s dedicated to keeping alive the culture, history, and artistry of the valley’s Miwok and Pauite people, in the very same spot in the valley that they lived more than 150 years ago. Inside, descendents of the tribes are on hand to give demonstrations in basket-weaving and beadwork, and to answer any questions about the explain the significance of the museum’s large collection of artifacts – clothing, tools, and religious items, to name a few. Just outside, a trail leads to a collection of Miwok structures including a bark home, chief’s cabin, and sweat lodge.
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