Past Exhibit: When Rocks Collide - Exploring The Native Uses of Stone

Last Updated: 12/23/2011

Past Exhibit: "When rocks collide, not only noise is made. From the rumbling of earthquakes and the explosion of volcanoes, comes the raw materials of California Indian technology--STONE!"

The exhibit explored California geology from the dramatic formation of our mountains, rivers and landscape to the many uses the earliest inhabitants had for the stones they found around them. The exhibit highlighted how Native Californians used stone in all aspects of their lives, from hunting, cooking, and healing, for luck and in ceremonies. The exhibit explored the mystery of petroglyphs, the practicality of trade and the effect one particular mineral, gold, had on the people who lived here.

This exhibit had several “hands on” features. It appealed to children and adults who wished to gain an appreciation for the amazing knowledge and wisdom of Native Californians. WHEN ROCKS COLLIDE was on exhibit throughout 2006.