Native American

Pomo Arneson Pomo Nez Perce

The museum’s collection of approximately 175 Native American baskets is rich in works by California’s native peoples. In particular, the collection of Pomo baskets exhibits a variety of size, function, weave, and decoration.

Many of the baskets in the collection are from the Yurok, Karok, and Hupa tribes of northernmost California. The collection also contains baskets of the Cahuilla, Pit River, Mono, and other groups native to California. Many of the baskets in the museum’s collection were donated by Mills College founders Cyrus and Susan Mills and former College President Aurelia Henry Reinhardt.

Select highlights from our Native American basket holdings are available while we continue to expand our digital collection.