‘Beads’ on exhibit at the CSUSB Anthropology Museum


“Beads,” the new exhibit at the Cal State San Bernardino Anthropology Museum, is now on display.

Beads exhibit

'Beads' is the new exhibit at the Cal State San Bernardino Anthropology Museum. An opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the museum.

The museum is on the third floor of the university’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences building. Admission to the museum and the opening reception are free; parking at CSUSB is $5 per vehicle.

“Beads” displays examples from around the world that will lead museum visitors on an exploration of how people have used beads as tokens of personal and group identity, as the focus of religious ritual and introspection, as decoration to adorn one’s person and belongings, and as a tool of colonial control.

Beads and beadwork on display will include an Iroquois wampum belt, Transylvanian women’s collars, a Blackfoot umbilical amulet, African trade beads, prayer beads from several religious traditions and a host of other pieces.

Special technological exhibits will explain how different kinds of beads were made, showing the stages of production from raw material to finished product.

Museum hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the regular school year. For more information or for summer hours, call (909) 537-5502.

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