Thousands of years before the first Europeans reached the coast of California, Native Americans lived a rich and cultured life in the area now known as Humboldt County. Today their fascinating history is preserved and exhibited at the Hoopa Tribal Museum. This tremendous collection displays the heritage of the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk tribes that once dominated the area. You will be amazed at the masterful craftsmanship that these people displayed in their basketry. These wonderful artifacts are so well crafted that they’ve lasted for hundreds of years. Check out the redwood dugout canoes made from halves of redwood tree sections, split lengthwise and hollowed out to create naturally constructed canoes. Also, be sure to see the many hand tools that were used by the tribesmen to create the many artifacts on exhibit.
What makes the Tribal Museum even more special is the fact that it is a “living museum.” Nearly all the artifacts that it houses are on temporary loan from Native Americans who use them for the many unique rituals and ceremonies that are still a part of their lives.