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.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum founded in 1991. The spirit of this occasion will be celebrated atDinner 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 will honor 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.The evening begins 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 will definitely catch your attention; and show-stopping Native entertainment featuring the eclectic sounds of the Dark Water Rising band with their award winning "rocky soul" music.
Anniversary sponsorships from $1,000 to $100,000 and individual tickets priced at $300 ($235 is tax deductible) are no longer available for this year.
If you’ve never been to Dinner in the Canyons, consider making this Anniversary event your year to treat yourself to the experience. This promises to be a special evening of Native hospitality and culture. Click here to see photos of the 2015 Dinner in the Canyons. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to join us!