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Agua Caliente Cultural Museum


The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum inspires people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures. We keep the spirit alive through exhibitions, collections, research, and educational programs.

One Sentence Description: 
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization interpreting the history and culture of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian
Museum Collections: 

Museum collections focus on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Cahuilla bands, and include artifacts from other Native Americans and indigenous peoples worldwide. The collections are available by appointment to researchers and students.

A southern California basket collection of over 400 items features the works of Cahuilla basketweavers and their neighboring tribes. It is an excellent resource for comparative studies of styles, techniques and materials.
Cahuilla ceramics include ollas, cooking pots, pendants, and pipes. Shell beads, bone tools, and numerous stone utensils such as manos, metates, mortars, and pestles used for food preparation are represented in the collections. Historic period artifacts from early habitation sites include items such as cans, bottles, china, and buttons.

The Tahquitz Canyon Archaeological Collection contains over 50,000 artifacts from the oldest and largest village site and is one of the most extensive excavation projects in California. The collection includes all field notes and photographs of the projects, as well as ethnographic and ethnohistoric reports.

The Ruth Dunham Shepard Collection has extensive artifact material from the Coachella Valley with accompanying field notes. Additional archaeological materials from various locations are included. Cahuilla history and culture of today are not ignored. Contemporary arts and artifacts are continually added to the collections.

Exhibitions Title: 
Creating a Legacy: Gifts to the Collection Exhibtion
Exhibit Description: 
The collections of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, from archaeological artifacts to contemporary arts, are representative of indigenous cultures. Thanks to the generosity of donors committed to the Museum's mission, these outstanding collections continue to grow in size and importance. This exhibition takes a look at the collections' variety and breadth. This exhibition is sponsored by Robert & Renona Pennington. The Opening Reception will be held on Wednesday, March 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Museum.
Exhibit Dates: 
March 25, 2009 - October 10, 2009
Museum Events: 
In keeping with its mission to inspire people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures, the Museum holds two major special events each year, in addition to cultural festivals, exhibition opening receptions, and a variety of lectures and classes. Every October, Dinner in the Canyons - the Museum's premier fundraising event - is held under the stars in spectacular Andreas Canyon. The evening begins with a cocktail reception followed by a three-course dinner, Native entertainment, and a live auction. Guests enjoy the sights, sounds, and cuisine of Native peoples at this enchanting event. In March, the Museum presents the Festival of Native Film & Culture at Camelot Theatres in central Palm Springs. Feature, documentary, and short film screenings entertain, educate, and inspire audiences. Special opening- and closing-night receptions offer opportunities to meet the stars, filmmakers, and other celebrities.
Contact Name: 
Mary Perry
Contact Phone Number: 
(760) 778-1079
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Village Green Heritage Center
219 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
United States