Anthropology Museum
eGuides for Native California

Mobile Classroom Program


The Anthropology Museum at California State University, Sacramento offers three outreach modules related to Native California history and society. These modules are designed to meet public interest in Native California cuture and to support the teaching of California Indian history, as mandated by the State’s History and Social Science Standards.

Our program integrates artifacts from the Museum’s teaching and research collections with digitized primary source materials (photographs and archival documents), both historic and contemporary. Rather than taking a purely chronological approach to Native California history and society, these materials are topically-themed around the broad categories of Acorn, Baskets, and Games. Artifacts and primary source documents in each of these thematic categories are enhanced by additional curricular materials (eGuides) that may be utilized before, after, or in lieu of the Museum’s outreach presentation. These resources are made available to teachers, students, and the general public through this website.

To schedule a presentation in the Anthropology Museum or at your school, contact the Museum Director. (Please schedule on campus field trips 3 weeks in advance; off campus visits to schools within the greater Sacramento region require 4 weeks lead-time). Access the eGuides by clicking on the links below.


Project Credits: Concept development for the Native California component of the Mobile Classroom Program was supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning through a Pedagogy Enhancement Grant. Terri Castaneda (Project Director); Eric Cotenas, Meghan Farley, Stacy Peacher (Editorial Assistants); Ethnology seminar graduate students, Spring 2005 (Research & Writing): Acorn eGuide—Eric Cotenas, Namat Hosseinion, Kimberly Johnston-Dodds, Morgan LaFleur, Emilie Zelazo (Research & Writing); California State Archives; California State Library Government Publications Section; Yosemite Research Library; Pacific Western Traders; Al Schwitalla (Additional Assistance). Baskets eGuide—Michelle Campbell, Meghan Farley, Amy Fransen, Jena Rogers, Jennifer Thomas, Rochelle Vargas (Research & Writing); Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center; Cristi Hunter (Additional Assistance). Games eGuide—Kristina Casper-Denman, Carren Christensen, Michelle Noble, Stacy Peacher, Nikki Polson, Megan Wilkinson (Research & Writing); Ethnology and Archaeology Collection, American River College; California History Room, California State Library; William Jones, Chico State Library; Maidu Interpretive Center; Wendy Pierce; Michelle Tiley (Additional Assistance).