Antelope Valley Indian Museum Reopens!

The Antelope Valley Indian Museum reopened today after five years of being closed while earthquake retrofitting was accomplished.  The building was built as a home and museum in 1928 and sports a unique mixture of Swiss style architecture and Chumash artwork.  Click on the link for more information.

Family members prepare for the opening day blessing, dancing, and story telling.

Young Chumash dancers.  Their ancestors have been in the Antelope Valley for 3,000 years.

I love his focus.  This song is about the white shark.  The Chumash people traveled to the coast from here on a route that passed through the Acton area, Newhall/Valencia, down the Heritage Valley to near modern day Ventura to trade.

Gorgeous carving found inside the museum.  The building itself was built into the side of the mountain, so rocks form one of the first floor walls, and the floor of the second floor.  The building is as interesting as the collections.

One of more than a half dozen charming little cottages on the grounds of this little state park.  These are leftover from the site’s brief stint as a dude ranch.

Yes, Kitty and I sampled the fry bread while we listened to the end of one of the stories.

Some of the lovely delicate desert flora found along the trail into the rocks behind the museum.

More photos to come of the amazing views of the desert from this side of the Antelope Valley.


9 thoughts on “Antelope Valley Indian Museum Reopens!

  1. RuthG says:

    Very cool! Thanks for posting these photos.

  2. Gala says:

    wow – this looks like a really unique, interesting place. thanks for sharing! you’re a very fun tour guide!! xoxo

  3. Sundry says:

    Thanks Ruth and Gala! We had a good time. There were just enough people there to make it a celebration without mobbing the place. Great day for it.

  4. Interesting roof on this building. I wish you had more photos of the building. It’s nice that they appreciate this site and building so much that they are investing in the retro-fitting. We have a nice Indian museum here in Indy, the Eiteljorg museum. I wonder if it’s earthquake proof!

  5. Sundry says:

    Well, I might be due for another visit this spring to get some more shots of the exterior. They don’t seem to have any on the museum’s site. Interesting, I grew up in Noble County, Indiana, way up in the northeast corner. Haven’t been to the Indian museum in Indy, but have been to Connor Prairie.

  6. Deb says:

    I know this post is old but it came up under a search for things tagged with Antelope Valley Indian Museum. I’ll be vending there this Saturday during the Holidays on the Homestead event and can’t wait! It will be my first time visiting there.

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