Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn., formed to connect with Menton, France, to learn more about its culture, learned on Sunday about a culture closer to home.
The Wood family hosted a soiree at Indian Territory on South Coast Highway for the group. The event included some history of the Native American tribes of the Southwest, recounted in the Woods' museum that is accessible only through the store.
"This is an opportunity to learn about our cultural heritage," said association President Karyn Philippsen.
"Some of the artifacts are from Laguna Beach. But this is more than a museum; Indian Territory has been a landmark for 42 years," she said.
The store and the museum are a labor of love for the family.
Jennifer Wood, granddaughter of Indian Territory founder Len Wood and his wife, Toni, welcomed the group in French in honor of the connection to Menton and in English. Another granddaughter, 13-year-old Emily, who was recently accepted into the Southern California Youth Chorus, sang two songs in French.