Education Programs

2012-2013 PROGRAMS, EXHIBITIONS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS:

AUGUST

Living Traditions Program

Kids Explore! Summer Classes

Create a reed basket, make a Navajo sand painting, play California Indian games, learn about different Native cultures…and so much more! Children ages 5 – 12 learn while having fun.

Instructor: Ashley Dunphy Collections Manager, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Monday through Thursday
August 5 through August 8, 2013
10:00 am– 12:00 Noon

Call 760-833-8169 for information or to register.


PAST EVENTS FROM THE 2012-2013 SEASON:

SEPTEMBER

Exhibition

Visions of the Indians Canyons
Through November 4, 2012

Take a photographic journey deep into the majestic beauty of the Indian Canyons of Palm Springs. Learn about historical controversies
surrounding Tahquitz, Andreas, Murray, and Palm Canyons.

Visions of the Indian Canyons is sponsored by Renona Pennington & James D. Taylor.

OCTOBER

Living Traditions Program

Let’s Take a Hike!
– Discovering the Natural Wonders of the Indian Canyons

Our hiking series this year features six hikes in the Indian Canyons, each led by local experts in their field. Each hike focuses on a special area of interest and is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable hiking shoes. Binoculars are recommended for the bird-watching hike.

Murray Canyon/Scenic Landscape

This seldom-hiked canyon is a joy to behold. The hike will take approximately four hours.

Leader: Michael Hammond, Ph.D., Executive Director, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Saturday, October 20, 2012
8:00 am
Murray Canyon

Registration is required and the fee is $25 per hike, which includes entrance to the canyon. There is no charge for Museum members. Call 760-833-8169 for information or to register.

NOVEMBER

Exhibition

Where Are the Tipis?
...the changing perceptions about Indians

November 7, 2012 through October 20, 2013

Created by Curator Dawn Wellman, this exhibition provides insights into many of the most commonly voiced perceptions about Indians.

Commenting on the exhibition, she notes that misinformation and preconceived ideas influence our view of Indians past and present. “It is an exhibition that is rich in humor and optimism, as well as historical fact.”

Included in the exhibition is a commissioned art piece by artist Gerald Clarke, Jr. of the Cahuilla Band of Cahuilla Indians. Mr. Clarke, who is Chair of Visual Arts at Idyllwild Arts Academy, created this piece to illustrate perceptions of Native Americans as seen through art .

Coachella Valley residents and guests visiting from out of town will find this exhibition informative, entertaining, thought-provoking, and illuminating. “Museum visitors will be challenged and, hopefully, inspired to more fully embrace our wonderfully diverse world,” says Executive Director Michael Hammond, Ph.D.

Exhibition Opening Reception at the Museum
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Admission is free. All are welcome.

Spirit Keepers Program

Perceptions of Native Americans in Art - Lecture

Using his art as a point of reference, Gerald Clarke, Jr. will talk about some of the common misperceptions about Native Americans as seen through art. Visit the Museum to see his commissioned piece inspired by the exhibition Where Are the Tipis?...the changing perceptions about Indians.

Presenter: Gerald Clarke, Jr. (Cahuilla Band of Cahuilla Indians), Artist and Chair of Visual Arts at Idyllwild Arts Academy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6:30 pm

Spa Resort Casino Hotel
Cahuilla Room
100 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Free Admission and Parking

DECEMBER

Special Event

Holiday Open House at the Museum

We invite you to bring an ornament with a Native American or desert theme to adorn the Museum holiday tree this season and for years to come. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
219 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Admission is free. All are welcome.

Living Traditions Program

Let’s Take a Hike!
– Discovering the Natural Wonders of the Indian Canyons

Our hiking series this year features six hikes in the Indian Canyons, each led by local experts in their field. Each hike focuses on special areas of interest and is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable hiking shoes.

Palm Canyon/ Geology

Learn about the natural processes that helped form Palm Canyon.

Leader: Harry Quinn., Geologist

Saturday, December 15, 2012
9:00 am
Palm Canyon

Registration is required and the fee is $25 per hike, which includes entrance to the canyon. There is no charge for Museum members. Call 760-833-8169 for information or to register.

JANUARY

Living Traditions Program

Let’s Take a Hike!
– Discovering the Natural Wonders of the Indian Canyons

Our hiking series this year features six hikes in the Indian Canyons, each led by local experts in their field. Each hike focuses on special areas of interest and is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable hiking shoes.

Tahquitz Canyon/Geology

This hike focuses on local history, culture, and geology of the Tahquitz Canyon landscape.

Leader: Harry Quinn., Geologist
Saturday, January 12, 2013
9:00 am
Tahquitz Canyon

Registration is required and the fee is $25 per hike, which includes entrance to the canyon. There is no charge for Museum members. Call 760-833-8169 for information or to register.

Spirit Keepers Programs

Bird Singing: Indian Social Song and Dance - Panel Discussion

A panel of distinguished bird singers and dancers will discuss aspects of traditional bird singing and dancing past and present, and what the future holds for this performance practice. This event is presented in conjunction with the Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahmuwhae): Bird Song & Dance Festival held on Saturday, January 26.

Moderator: Gerald Clarke, Jr. (Cahuilla Band of Cahuilla Indians), Artist and Chair of Visual Arts at Idyllwild Arts Academy

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
6:30 pm

Spa Resort Casino Hotel
Cahuilla Room
100 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Free Admission and Parking

Special Event

Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahmuwhae): Bird Song and Dance Festival

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. This event features honored bird singers and dancers from California and Arizona.

Guest Host: Gerald Clarke, Jr. (Cahuilla Band of Cahuilla Indians)

Saturday, January 26, 2013
11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Palm Springs High School Gymnasium
2401 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs

Admission and parking are free. All are welcome.

FEBRUARY

Spirit Keepers Program

Views on Native Film - Lecture

Michelle H. Raheja, Ph.D. will set the stage for Native FilmFest with a free lecture about Native American/Indigenous film. She has recently returned from Norway where she was a Fulbright Scholar studying Sami films. Her most recent book is Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film. 

Presenter: Michelle H. Raheja, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at University of California, Riverside

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
7:30 pm

Camelot Theatres
2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs

Admission and parking are free.

Special Event

Native FilmFest

Now celebrating its 12th season, Native FilmFest – a signature cultural program of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum – is one of the most highly regarded events of its kind. The festival presents the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other indigenous peoples from around the world. Screenings will be followed by informative Q&A sessions with filmmakers, directors, and actors in attendance. 

Elizabeth Weatherford, Founder and Director of the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, returns as our Guest Programmer. Her participation in the festival is made possible through our Museum’s partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program. The lineup of films selected for this year features engaging, entertaining, and enlightening feature films and documentaries paired with short films that have been described as “cinema-graphic gems.”

Special guest filmmaker and educator Chris Eyre, who is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, will be a festival participant.  People magazine named him “the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time.” His debut film Smoke Signals was based on a series of short stories by Native American writer Sherman Alexie. It debuted in 1998 at Sundance Film Festival winning the Filmmakers Award Dramatic and Audience Award Dramatic.

Since that debut, Chris Eyre has made a number of distinctive films such as Skinwalkers and the signature film for the National Museum of American Indian, A Thousand Roads. His newest film release is Hide Away starring Josh Lucas, Ayelet Zuver, and James Cromwell.  Currently, he is Chair of the Moving Image Arts Department of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Mr. Eyre’s Hide Away will be screened at the festival, and he will be an integral part of the Q&A that follows the screening. Also, he will conduct film lecture workshops for students interested in film – drawing primarily from media classes at area schools. Complimentary All Access Passes to Native FilmFest will be made available to participating students. 

Every year, the late Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Richard M. Milanovich, attended Native FilmFest. He was a true lover of films of all genres. It is most fitting that we honor him with the good wishes of his family by establishing the Richard M. Milanovich Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Film. Although not an annual award, the Museum will present the first Award to Native filmmaker Chris Eyre at the 2013 festival.

There will be tented receptions daily between the afternoon and evening screenings where filmgoers may purchase tasty meals and beverages at minimum cost, as well as visit with other filmgoers and the filmmakers, directors, and actors in attendance. 

View the full screening schedule and film synopses here.

Tickets to the festival, which go on-sale February 1 at Camelot Theatres Box Office and online, will be affordably priced at $10 for Adults and $7 for Senior Adults (60+), Youth (16 and under), Students, and Active Military Personnel. All Access Passes are $70.

Join us for all or part of what promises to be an entertaining and illuminating week of Native film. For more information, call Agua Caliente Cultural Museum at 760-778-1079.

Wednesday, February 27 through Sunday, March 3, 2013

Camelot Theatres
2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs

Free Parking

MARCH

Living Traditions Programs

Experiencing Native Cuisine

Barbara Drake and Chef Paul Woods will share their wisdom and culinary expertise about preparing and presenting Native foods.

Presenters: Barbara Drake (Tongva elder of the Chumash Tribe), co-founder of Preserving Our Heritage: A Native Foods Bank Project
and Chef Paul Woods of the Spa Resort Casino

Saturday, March 16, 2013
11:00 AM to 2:00 pm

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
219 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Free • All are welcome
No Registration Required

Let’s Take a Hike!
– Discovering the Natural Wonders of the Indian Canyons

Our hiking series this year features six hikes in the Indian Canyons, each led by local experts in their field. Each hike focuses on special areas of interest and is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hikes are limited to 20 people each. Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable hiking shoes. 

Tahquitz Canyon/Bird Watching

Be sure to bring your binoculars to this early Sunday morning hike.

Leader: Kurt Leuschner, Ornithologist and Professor of Natural Resources
College of the Desert

Sunday, March 17, 2013
6:30 am

Tahquitz Canyon

Registration is required and the fee is $25 per hike, which includes entrance to the canyon. There is no charge for Museum members. Call 760-833-8169 for information or to register.

Special Event

Native American Jewelry Show

Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24
10:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Join us for a weekend display of fine traditional and contemporary Native American jewelry available for purchase. 

Representatives of the Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise will be present to answer questions about each exquisite item handcrafted by Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni artisans. The Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise is certified as a retailer of authentic Indian-made products made by independent producers.

In addition, the event welcomes JT Willie of JT Willie Designs - award-winning beader of the Taabaaha (Waters Edge People) and born for the Tachiinii (Red Running into the Water People).  Mr. Willie recently won First Place & Best of Show for Contemporary Native American Clothing at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market Native American Clothing Contest. He will be at the show to his work, demonstrate his craft, and sell pieces on display.

Admission and valet parking are free. All are welcome.

Spa Resort Casino Hotel
Tahquitz Room
100 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Call 760.833.8174 for more information.

Living Traditions Program

Traditional Cahuilla Basketmaking Workshop

Learn traditional Cahuilla coiled basketry. There is a materials cost to each participant of $25.00 payable in advance. Tools will be provided for the class or tool kits may be purchased for $20.00.

Instructor: Rose Ann Hamilton (Mountain Cahuilla)

Saturday, March 23, 2013
10:00 am

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
219 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Advance registration required. The fee is $25 (free for Museum members). All participants must pay the materials fee. Call 760-833-8167 for more information or to register.

APRIL

Living Traditions Program

Let’s Take a Hike!
– Discovering the Natural Wonders of the Indian Canyons

Our hiking series this year features six hikes in the Indian Canyons, each led by local experts in their field. Each hike focuses on special areas of interest and is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hikes are limited to 20 people each. Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable hiking shoes. 

Tahquitz Canyon/Plants & Bugs

On this hike you will learn about bugs that prefer certain plants…and why.

Leaders: Jennifer Purcell, Botanical Garden Registrar at the Living Desert
& Doug Yanega, Ph.D., Entomologist and senior museum scientist at the Entomology Research Museum at the University of California, Riverside

Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:00 am

Tahquitz Canyon

Registration is required and the fee is $25 per hike, which includes entrance to the canyon. There is no charge for Museum members. Call 760-833-8169 for information or to register.

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