Past Exhibitions

Section 14 - The Other Palm Springs

Section 14 is a square-mile parcel of reservation land located one block from downtown Palm Springs. It extends from Indian Canyon Drive to Sunrise Way and from Ramon Road to Alejo Road. In the first half of the 20th century, Section 14 was home to diverse cultures, races, ethnicities, and conflicting political and economic interests.

This exhibition explores the life experiences (good and bad) of people who lived on this historic tract between the 1940s and 1960s - a period marked by external challenges. The impacts of the destruction of homes on Section 14 are examined, including the resulting disruption of the social, cultural, and economic ways of life

In the fall of 2015, the exhibition was selected to travel to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC where in 2018 it will be displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). 

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is the first Tribal museum to be accorded this honor. 

"When the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of NMAI inquired as to how best to transport all of the exhibition panels to D.C.," says Executive Director Michael Hammond, "I responded by reaching into my pocket and presenting them with a computer "thumb drive" that contained all of the exhibition panels with full text and archival photographs."  

Using this electonic technology, NMAI staff will be able to download files and configure the exhibition to the specifications of their display space. The same technology was used to transfer to Agua Caliente Cultural Museum IndiVisible: African- Native American Lives in the Americas - the Smithsonian traveling exhibition currently on display through November 1, 2016. 

Song of the Basket

To Indian women, fine baskets are their poems, paintings, and sculptures…in a word, their songs. This southern California basket exhibition examines aspects of Cahuilla culture from a woman’s perspective. Studying their baskets, we can deepen our understanding and appreciation of the Cahuilla people and their culture.

Crossroads & Intersections

Crossroads & Intersections holds a magnifying glass to a Palm Springs road map, revealing a matrix of history depicted in street names. As you peer through this glass you will discover – scattered between street names inspired by recreational sports and Hollywood celebrities – references to the history and culture of the Cahuilla people.

Click here to view Crossroads & Intersections with photos of Cahuilla leaders after whom streets in Palm Springs and other parts of the Coachella Valley have been named.