Native FilmFest 2016
Native FilmFest 2016 Opening at Camelot Theatres, the 2016 festival featured the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples. Guest Programmer Elizabeth Weatherford facilitated engaging Q&A sessions after each screening. Sterlin Harjo (Muscogee Creek and Seminole) was presented the Richard M. Milanovich Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Film. Following the closing night screening and Q&A with filmmaker Anne Makepeace at the Annenberg Theater of Palm Springs Art Museum, guests enjoyed a reception hosted by the Art Museum and an opportunity to view the photo exhibition Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks.
Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahmuwhae): Bird Song & Dance Festival Discussion Panel
Bird Singing Panel Discussion 2016: Perspectives on Indian Social Song & Dance A panel of distinguished bird singers and dancers discussed aspects of bird singing and dancing past and present, and what the future holds for this unique performance practice. Panel Moderator was Michael Mirelez (Desert Cahuilla). Held at the Palm Desert Campus of University of California Riverside, the event included a performance demonstration of bird singing and dancing.
Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahmuwhae): Bird Song and Dance Festival 2016
Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahmuwhae): Bird Song & Dance Festival 2016 Through the ages, bird singing and dancing have been an important part of Native culture for tribes in southern California and other regions of the Southwest. The daylong event held at Palm Springs High School Gymnasium featured honored bird singers and dancers from California and Arizona. Michael Mirelez (Desert Cahuilla) was Guest Host.
2015 Holiday Open House
In the spirit of Native hospitality, many guests at the 2015 Holiday Open House at the Museum on December 8 brought gifts of canned foods that were donated to our local FIND Food Bank and the AIDS Assistance Program - providing those in need with a measure of hope for a brighter future in the New Year.
"Where Are the Tipis" Exhibition Opening
"Where Are Tipis...the changing perceptions about Indians" was featured at the Museum during the 2012-2013 season. Views of Indians, past and present, are often based on misinformation. This exhibition provided insights into these perceptions and how they are perpetuated.
Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahmuwhae): Bird Song & Dance Festival 2015
Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahmuwhae): Bird Song & Dance Festival 2015 Guest Host Michael Mirelez (Desert Cahuilla) led this daylong event that presented honored bird singers and dancers from California and Arizona. The program included a free-standing exhibition about the tradition of bird singing, with a special tribute to past Tribal elders who played a key role in keeping the tradition alive by their teaching of bird songs to succeeding generations of Tribal members.
"Section 14 - The Other Palm Springs" Exhibition Opening
Section 14 is a square-mile parcel of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. Located one block from the heart of downtown Palm Springs, it extends from Indian Canyon Drive to Sunrise Way and from Ramon Road to Alejo Road. This exhibition explores the life experiences of people who lived on this historic tract in the 1940s through the 1960s. Section 14 was the home of diverse cultures, races, and ethnicities. It became a battle ground over Tribal Sovereignty and conflicting political and economic interests that forever changed the fabric of community life as it was known.
Salton Sea Bird Watching Bus Tour…with a Native Focus
This special Salton Sea bird watching motor coach tour in January 2014 was an all-day circumnavigation of the Salton Sea led by Kurt Leuschner, the leading bird expert in our area. Over 400 bird species have been sighted in the Salton Sea area which is part of the Pacific Coast Flyway.
Dinner in the Canyons 2014
Over 400 people attended the 2014 Dinner in the Canyons gala fundraiser that honored James R. Houston and Harold Matzner - two distinguished community leaders who have long and generously supported the work of the Museum and many other desert non-profit organizations. Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by a performance of the Pai nik tem Bird Singers. Entertainment featured GRAMMY nominee and Navajo vocal artist Radmilla Cody.
Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahmuwhae): Bird Song & Dance Festival 2014
The 2014 festival welcomed over 500 bird singers and dancers from California and neighboring Arizona. Michael Mirelez (Desert Cahuilla) was Guest Host of the day-long event. In addition to Native food and crafts vendors, the festival featured a special exhibition about the rich cultural heritage of bird singing and dancing.
Dinner in the Canyons 2013
Dinner in the Canyons is the Museum's major fundraising event of the season. It is held on the second Saturday of October in Andreas Canyon, an ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Proceeds of this annual public event are used to help fund exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural festivals.