OCTOBER 7, 2017

The Annual Dinner in the Canyon is an evening like no other. An evening nestled in the lush and legendary Indian Canyons with only the stars above, and the gentle Desert breeze whispering through the palms. With exclusive privilege to the Museum, Andreas Canyon is our backdrop for the evening beginning with the Sunset reception at 5:30 overlooking the ever changing vistas that are the Coachella Valley. This is followed by a Native Inspired sit-down dinner at 6:30 surrounded by the magical serenity that has made this canyon famous around the world.

Mark your calendar now for a vibrant evening of:

Live Entertainment and Music

Live auction of Original Native American Art and Jewelry

Silent Auction

And more …..

All this benefitting the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. Inspiring people to learn about the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians and other
Native Cultures…………………The Spirit Lives®

For more information contact:

Tickets – Matthew Rivera, Development Assistant –

Sponsorship – Darryl Flick, Events & Development Coordinator –

2016 Dinner in the Canyons

The Cahuilla Indians contribute volumes of historic knowledge about the Coachella Valley region, ancient Native culture, and Tribal influences on life today. Their story – or, more accurately, their centuries of stories – enrich our lives daily, and are a living archive for Tribal Members.

Last year marked the 25th Anniversary of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum founded in 1991. The spirit of this occasion was celebrated at Dinner in the Canyons.

Twenty-five years ago, leaders of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians saw the need to preserve their Tribal heritage, including its collections of archival and material cultural items. This year, we honor those whose love, passion, and foresight led to establishing an institution that will forever preserve that heritage and make it available to all through public exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural festivals.

The 2016 Dinner in the Canyons honored six esteemed Tribal leaders who, as appointed initial directors, signed the incorporation papers to create a 501 (c)(3 ) non-profit organization – the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum: Richard M. Milanovich (then Tribal Chairman); Barbara Gonzales Lyons (then Tribal Vice-Chairman); Mildred L. Browne (now Museum Board Chairwoman); Debrah M. Purnel (now Museum Board Secretary);Anthony Andreas, Jr. (then Tribal Historian); and Dana Prieto (then Agua Caliente Development Authority Chairman). Future generations will benefit from this cultural resource brought into being by these six individuals.

10502332_807632795934241_1580128551693471076_nThe evening began with a cocktail reception at 5:30 overlooking the Coachella Valley at sunset, followed by an elegant Native-inspired dinner at 6:30; a live auction of handcrafted Native American jewelry and other items that definitely caught some attention; and show-stopping Native entertainment that featured the eclectic sounds of the Dark Water Rising band with their award winning "rocky soul" music.


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