The Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park is a state
historic park of California, USA, interpreting Native American
cultures of the Great Basin and surrounding regions. The park and
its grounds are situated on the Antelope Valley's rural east side in
northern Los Angeles County, California.
The museum contains the combined collections of H. Arden Edwards and
subsequent owner and anthropology student Grace Oliver. The exhibits
represent and interpret Native Americans groups, both aboriginal and
contemporary, of the Southwest, Great Basin, and Californian
cultural regions. A number of the artifacts on display are rare or
The museum was originally constructed by
homesteader/artist H. Arden Edwards in 1928. The chalet-style
structure was built over the rock formation of Piute Butte in the
Mojave Desert. The unusual folk art structure, originally used as a
home, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Demonstrations and special events
Joshua Cottage features a
"touch table" room where visitors can experience food grinding and
processing techniques, or learn how earlier American Indians started
fires using sticks or bow drills.
Outside the museum is a
self-guided nature trail, a picnic area, and an outdoor ceremonial
arena. Occasionally guest American Indian groups perform traditional
dances and other programs. An annual opening event each fall
features a traditional ground blessing ceremony. There are also
American Indian artists demonstrating and selling their work,
American Indian food, and special activities for children. The
museum also sponsors periodic educational seminars.