As one of the largest states in the country, California has a profound Native American heritage that spans the entire length of this 760 mile-long state.
Home to over 100 tribes, California’s tribal heritage runs deep and although tourism often overlooks indigenous experiences and activities, it’s time that more travelers dedicated a portion of their trips to experience them.
From Pow Wows to delicious, indigenous-owned restaurants, museums, and even breweries, here are some of the best cultural experiences to have in California.
Autry Museum of the American West It showcases the traditions, stories, and contributions of Native American tribes, Mexican Americans, African Americans, and other groups who have made the West their home.
Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park Located in Santa Barbara County, the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is a small cave, decorated with fabulous Chumash paintings.
Wahpepah’s Kitchen Located in downtown Oakland, Wahpepah’s Kitchen focuses on reclaiming native food and its naturally healthy composition.
Mad River Brewing Some of their taste bud-tingling brews include the Maize Goddess Indigenous Ale and the Canyon of Dreams Pale Ale.
Camins 2 Dreams Winery Tucked away in the Santa Ynez Valley, Camins 2 Dreams Winery was co-founded by Tara Gomez, a Chumash Tribe member and expert enologist.