Past Exhibit: Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider

Last Updated: 6/1/2012

The Maidu Museum & Historic Site are pleased to bring "Seaweed, Salmon & Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast" to Roseville through April 20!

Filled with historic and contemporary photographs, baskets and other artifacts, food specimens, memoirs, and recipes, Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast is a new statewide traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy.  The exhibit, which opened at the Maidu Museum & Historic Site on January 9, features foods important in the lives of Native Californians including fish, shellfish, seaweed, meat, vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, nuts, seeds, and salt.  This delicious look at Native foods is based on the Heyday Books publication "Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast" by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley (2008), a delightful and sometimes startling compendium of Native American cuisine (the most authentic local food around).

Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Director of the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah (, curated this exhibition in consultation with her aunt, Kathleen Rose Smith, a California Indian artist and a member of the Coast Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo tribes.

“It’s wonderful to bring a comprehensive exhibit like this to Roseville,” states Mark Murphy, who oversees the Maidu Museum & Historic Site. “The book, exhibit and materials cover so much of California native history and culture, and capture the tremendous bounty of native foods available to the people that live, past and present, in California.”

Modern California Indians have retained much of the precious plant and animal knowledge of their ancestors, and are in a process of recovering even more. The traveling exhibition includes historic and contemporary California Indian baskets and other artifacts used to hunt, gather and process California Indian native foods; historic and contemporary framed photographs of California Indian peoples gathering, preparing, and enjoying traditional food; large format framed contemporary photographs of California Indian food resources; and informative text panels. 

Maidu Museum & Historic Site, 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville 95661

 View this exhibit during open museum hours January 9 – April 20. Visit our website at or call us at (916) 774-5934 for hours and admission fee information.