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Scope of Collections

    The Barona Cultural Center & Museum Collections total nearly 22,000 pieces that focus on the indigenous lives and perspectives of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Southern California Native American community members, and members of the Yuman Language Family. After ten years of developing the collection, Barona Cultural Center & Museum is one of the largest repositories of ancestral and contemporary Southern and Baja California Native American material.

    Comprised of archival records, paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, basketry, ceramics, and gaming pieces, the collection is maintained in four discrete components: Object Collection, Photograph Archive, Media Archive, and Document Archive. Ranging from ancient Paleo-Indian points to contemporary fine arts, the Object Collection includes works of aesthetic, religious, and historical significance as well as articles produced for everyday use.

    The Photograph and Media Archives include images, oral histories, and audio and visual recordings of past and present Native American communities. The Document Archive includes field notes, maps, transcriptions, and project records for archaeological investigations, historical studies, Mission Agency Records, and institutional projects.

    Through implementation of its mission, the Barona Cultural Center & Museum hopes to expand the scope of the collections and continue its historically significant work in documenting the material culture of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Southern California Native American community members, and members of the Yuman Language Family.