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Autry museum opens new exhibition after biggest renovation in 30 years




Pomo miniature basket, early to mid-1900s. Native Californian Mabel McKay, who's the focus of one of the exhibits, made baskets like these to use in traditional healing techniques as a Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo healer.
Pomo miniature basket, early to mid-1900s. Native Californian Mabel McKay, who's the focus of one of the exhibits, made baskets like these to use in traditional healing techniques as a Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo healer.
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Pomo miniature basket, early to mid-1900s. Native Californian Mabel McKay, who's the focus of one of the exhibits, made baskets like these to use in traditional healing techniques as a Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo healer.
Photograph of Mabel McKay, who's the focus of one of the exhibits. Here she demonstrates her basketweaving, which was integral to her identity as a traditional Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo healer.
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Pomo miniature basket, early to mid-1900s. Native Californian Mabel McKay, who's the focus of one of the exhibits, made baskets like these to use in traditional healing techniques as a Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo healer.
Photograph of Mabel McKay holding two of her baskets.
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Pomo miniature basket, early to mid-1900s. Native Californian Mabel McKay, who's the focus of one of the exhibits, made baskets like these to use in traditional healing techniques as a Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo healer.
Basket made by Mabel McKay on display at the exhibition.
Courtesy of the Autry
Pomo miniature basket, early to mid-1900s. Native Californian Mabel McKay, who's the focus of one of the exhibits, made baskets like these to use in traditional healing techniques as a Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo healer.
Beaded coiled basket by Mabel McKay on display at the exhibition.
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After five years of work, the Autry Museum of the American West is opening a new nearly 20,000 square foot exhibition called California Continued on Sunday, October 9.

The exhibition hopes to help people understand and prepare for the future in California by revisiting its past. There are four sections, each focusing on different aspects of the ecological and environmental history in the state, all linked to native Californians.

Above are images from the exhibition. To hear the entire conversation between Alex Cohen and curator, Sarah Wilson, click on the blue button.