The Chico Museum is hosting an online fundraiser to help extablish “The Mechoopda Exhibit.”
Museum Officials say the exhibit “Mik ‘Cupu Dy: This is Our Home, Here We Remain,” the story of the Mechoopda Tribe, has been in the works for the past 9 months. It’s a collaborative project between the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria and the Chico Museum will. The culturally sensitive exhibit is designed to convey the Mechoopda perspective through the pre-and post-Gold Rush times and continuing into the 21st Century.
It will feature objects, artifacts, and audio components of songs or stories in the native language with English interpretations, video excerpts with personal Mechoopda faces and voices explaining the impact of federal and state legislation, tribal interviews and excerpts from tribal records. In addition, strategically designed, interpretive panels will summarize the Tribe’s history from pre-contact times to the present.
However, this exhibit cannot open until it is fully funded. In early December, the Chico Museum launched a funding campaign to raise $10,000 for the Mechoopda exhibit on Indiegogo.com. There is still a long way to go, and the fundraiser ends February 1.
To donate, visit http://igg.me/at/chicomuseum. You can also contact the Chico Museum for more information.