A unique set of exhibits focusing on the role of food in human cultures is featured this year at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
"A Year of Food" highlights hunting and gathering, pottery, food storage, cooking and eating by California and Southwestern Indians as well as groups from around the world.
Opening Wednesday, Aug. 20, is "Food in California Indian Culture," the first comprehensive overview of Native California foods that illustrates the artistry of Native cooking in harmony with the natural world.
"A Taste of Culture: Approaches to the Study of Cuisine," which also opens Aug. 20, uses objects and photographs from diverse places and times to examine how food and culture interact.
In October, contemporary California Indian cooking will be featured in "Nuppa-Acorn Soup." The exhibit features photographs by Dugan Aguilar showing the use of supermarket groceries with traditional foods.
Currently on display is "Collecting Pueblo Pottery, 1890-1910," a rich selection of Southwestern pottery, representing the work of turn-of-the-century Pueblo, Navajo and Pima peoples.
For more information about these exhibits, contact the museum at 643-7648. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.