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Intro

Manahuu (Hello).

The Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center is both a museum and cultural center that serves the community and safeguards its history. It is a place to preserve and tell the story of the old ways and a place for the community to come together to learn, teach and continue the traditional ways.

Pine Nut Harvesting Display

Long before settlers and gold miners came to the Owens Valley the indigenous people of this land lived here for thousands of years. They called themselves Numu, which means people. And they called this broad fertile valley, Payahu Nadu, the Place of Flowing Water. Today the descendants of these people are known by the name Paiute. The Newe, who are today known as Shoshone, lived side by side with the Numu and they were all resourceful and practical people who lived from the land.

Through observant practices of hunting and gathering, the land provided all they needed for food, clothing, housing, medicine, arts and entertainment. The harsh winters were comfortable because of sustainable methods of harvesting and storage during the seasons of abundance.

The exhibits in the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center are beautifully illustrated snapshots of the lives of the people who lived here with dignity and in harmony with the land.

What Makes It Great

Photo courtesy of: Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is a sovereign nation located in the heart of the Eastern Sierra adjacent to Bishop. It is the fifth largest tribe in California with about 2,000 enrolled members.

The Cultural Center is located on tribal lands, just 1.5 miles from the center of Bishop. Set in beautiful grounds under large spreading cottonwood trees this low building is in tune with its surroundings – as its people have always been.

Inside the building are the curated cultural and environmental displays that showcase collections of artifacts and historical archives handed down through the generations. The Memorial Hall is a tribute to Native American Veterans and their families who have served this country.

Outside is a wonderful Native Garden and a Walking Trail through the tribe’s Conservation Open Space Area (COSA). This space is also used during the summer to host weekly markets to share and sell local produce, food, and crafts.

Who Is Going to Love It

All travelers who venture through this beautiful and ancient landscape will enjoy learning about those who were here before. It is a family friendly facility and the lovely displays will both fascinate and educate all who visit.

The Story of Baskets

Of all the arts practiced by the Paiute people, basket weaving is one in which they excel. The tradition has been handed down for generations and baskets were, and still are, a vital part of Paiute life. The exceptionally tight weave that is employed in Paiute basketry can produce watertight baskets that can be used for carrying water and cooking. Forms of Paiute basketry include cradleboards for infants, seed jars, winnowing trays, burden baskets and many more. Archeologists have reported that there is evidence of basketry in the region that dates back more than 10,000 years. See examples of these fine baskets in the display cases of the museum.

The gift shop provides visitors the opportunity to purchase arts and crafts made by local tribal artisans as well as informative publications about native culture. It is a great resource for researchers and the general public.

 

Best Season

The facility is open year-round with seasonal hours of operation. Winter season, from October through March, the center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Summer season, from April through September, you can visit Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Fall is particularly beautiful here when the air outside is cool and the leaves on the big cottonwood trees are turning to gold. Step inside the Cultural Center and then walk the trail through the COSA with a new vision of the importance of the land and its resources.

Directions. Parking. Regulations.

Located at 2300 W. Line Street, the Cultural Center is just one mile from the corner of Main St. and Line St. Ample parking is available on the grounds and visitors are requested to follow all posted directional and parking signage.

Photography is not permitted inside the building as many of the artifacts are sacred and form the heritage of the many families of this community.

“We Honor our Past, Share for the Present, and Preserve for the Future.” ~ Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center.

Photo courtesy of: Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center

 

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Are you spending your Sunday relaxing, doing something you love, or sharing it with someone special? Wishing you a beautiful day!
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So love bishop My late husband spent every holiday except Christmas there with our motorhome So many wonderful memories

Love the beautiful starry skies..

I'm spending my day wishing I was there. It's good to have goals! 🥰

My retirement goal!

Love it up there

Oh gosh I have so many wonderful memories of sitting by a lake or creek or river up in Bishop. ❤️

Yep. My bride of 42 years & I just returned from a week’s long visit to Bishop. We can’t wait to go back!

I lived there for 14 years. One of my boys was born there. Truly miss the Eastern Sierra. Bishop was special and still is.

Just got home from spending 4 absolutely grand days there!! Loved every minute looking forward to the next trip!

I want to go back and visit

Mt. Goode from Long Lake

Marlena Leister

when ever I drive thru Bishop I know I'm getting close to home and when I stop in Bishop it's usually to rest for a day and relax.

Paradise

Cesar Sanchez

No but some day maybe

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1 day ago

Checking the view from one of our favorite trees. Yup, another beautiful day in Bishop 😍.
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Checking the view from one of our favorite trees. Yup, another beautiful day in Bishop 😍.
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That tree in the fall is one of my favorite spots

Beautiful.oak tree!!!!!

It’s a great place to visit

It is beautiful 🤩

I forgot, when does it start cooling off up there? Is it September or October? I want to visit (when I can), but I'd prefer in one of the cooler, mild seasons (like Fall or Spring).

Was just there !!

California

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2 days ago

How many of you are familiar with these old buildings south of Olancha? Well, here's a little history about them:Motorists traveling on El Camino Sierra about 14 miles south of Olancha, have probably noticed the ruins of a few dilapidated rock buildings with accompanying other small structures and mobile homes on the west side of the highway. This would be Dunmovin. First known as Cowan's Station, it served as a way station for the Cerro Gordo feight wagons, a supply center for nearby mines, a work camp for LADWP construction workers and finally as a gas station, garage, motel and cafe for travelers on El Camino Sierra. When Charles and Hilda King purchased the property in 1936, Hilda was relieved to finally be "settled down" and renamed the property as Dunmovin...according to this little poem credited to Hilda. "We’ve moved from yon to hither Now we’re set and provin In all the world we are perhaps The only folks dunmovin" Like many such establishments, fuel efficient and more reliable cars spelled the end of Dunmovin. It closed for good in the early 1970s...and now stands as a sentimental reminder of times gone by along El Camino Sierra. Thank you for following us on Facebook if you enjoy our posts, and for sharing them with others you think may enjoy them. We sincerely appreciate it! ... See MoreSee Less

How many of you are familiar with these old buildings south of Olancha? Well, heres a little history about them:

 

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Me, driving to a Bishop, many times. Also Crystal Springs Water, too!,

Wow I never knew this existed. Going to have to check this out on my next visit. Thanks for the new adventure.

Great place to visit

At the top of the Dunmovin grade is the turnoff to Haiwee Power Plant. I worked there for a year from the summer of '78. The Espee spur line from Mojave to Lone Pine was still in operation with weekly (?) peddler freights headed to town. The China Lake Weapons Center conducted aerial operations all up and down the Paniment and Owens Valleys including strafing runs over the dam. Loved that year. I'll never forget it

Great info!

Love the history! We always chuckled at the name of Dunmovin but didn’t know the history.

Can't swear to it, but I think I remember passing those as a kid in the 50s, maybe 60s, and they were occupied?

My parents use to be friends with some people who lived there/owned it. Cant remember his name, but I believe he was a Lawyer...

HAHA--I TOLD you Tim Alls!!! ;0 LOL

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2 days ago

Nature is incredible... Photo of Norman Clyde Peak and Glacier (or what’s left of it) reflected in a small tarn at 11,600ft elevation in the South Fork of Big Pine Creek.
Thanks @deserth2o for the photo!!
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Nature is incredible... Photo of Norman Clyde Peak and Glacier (or what’s left of it) reflected in a small tarn at 11,600ft elevation in the South Fork of Big Pine Creek. 
Thanks @deserth2o for the photo!!
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Always beautiful scenery

Awesome 😎

,BEAUTIFUL AREA

We used to live there. We could look out our window and see it every day

Home Sweet Home

Beautiful

Been there when glacier filled this valley in late summer and fall. Sad to see them melt away

Great picture. Norman Clyde was one incredible men of history. Had an interesting life. Wonder if his story is being told in schools today? One case where truth is much better than fiction. <3

Ryan Johnson

Cesar Sanchez

Jana Weaver

Niki Hansen-Daniel

Next time? Jorge Vargas

California

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watermelon_snow

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4 days ago

This is the view from the top of Mt. Tom, in case you have ever wondered what it’s like up there. Many of us love this majestic mountain, but will never see the summit in person. @tarahhnasaurus is a single mom who is achieving her goals and inspiring us. Thank you for the photo!!!
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This is the view from the top of Mt. Tom, in case you have ever wondered what it’s like up there. Many of us love this majestic mountain, but will never see the summit in person. @tarahhnasaurus is a single mom who is achieving her goals and inspiring us. Thank you for the photo!!! 
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Full value, great day.

Congrats Lady!

Always wanted to climb Mt.Tom! Closest I came was living on Mt. Tom Rd!

Outstanding !!!!!!

Great view from up there.

Yes! Thanks for sharing.

Amazing!

Thanks for sharing!! Hiked up to Horton lakes about 40 years ago wanted to keep going, but my buddy’s didn’t

Beautiful but way to High for me😳☺ I don't do high things that well☺

Nice😎

Doug Foley and I climbed Tom back in the 80's. My Ma used to live in Rovana.

thanks for posting this beautiful picture...I don't think I have ever seen a picture from the top of Mt. Tom Kudos to you !

I have been there (as well as on top of Humphreys) and I can attest, the view is sublime! The rock skiing to get down is quite entertaining as well!

I want to go there

Mt Tom was the first summit I did as a teen. Until I climbed it I imagined that I'd look down onto Fresno. I was really surprised to see so many more mountains on the other side.

My oldest maternal cousin met his fate on the flanks of Mt. Tom.

Climbed to the top with Skye and Scotty on Dara’s 50th BD! It was awesome! What a view!

Rachael Nicole Banton this is the peak we see when we hike George like

Single mom, with many "friends " to take her places

Way to go lady!!! You ROCK!! 👍

Any rock climbing with that? Lol! I'd like to try it if it's non-technical. Some boulder scrambling is expected but I'd have to train to readjust to that altitude.

Wow

Matt Cunningham

Cody

💪💪 Appears taller than Ragged Mountain in Penobscot County, Maine.

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