Education Programs

Links for Students and Teachers


Agua Caliente Cultural Museum offers online exhibitions which provide information on the history of the Cahuilla people and, specifically, the Agua Caliente Band.

Online exhibitions include:

Dream of the Blue Frog traces the history of the Agua Caliente Hot Spring.  It encompasses Cahuilla stories about the Spring’s creation by a powerful elder as a perpetually-enduring place to heal, through the history of the bath houses in the 20th century.

Since Time Immemorial is a time line of the history of the Cahuilla people from the beginning of time to the present.

Crossroads & Intersections reveals a matrix of history depicted in the street names of Palm Springs.  Scattered between street names inspired by recreational sports and Hollywood celebrities, are names referring to the history and culture of the Cahuilla people and their political views.

What's the Score? American Indians in Sports presents a look at Native American sports through the years, including traditional, boarding school, reservation, and professional sports.  Notable Indian athletes, local reservation teams, and heroes such as Cahuilla baseball player, John Tortes Meyers – catcher for the New York Giants – are spotlighted.

Western Science Seeks Cultural Knowledge demonstrates the kinds of discoveries that UCLA graduate conservation students made in the investigation and treatment of cultural objects and sandals in the Museum collections.

In the Beginning... presents the Cahuilla creation story as told by three different Tribal members in the first half of the 20th century.  Although the stories may vary slightly, the values, morals, and themes expressed in the stories are the same.


Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 200,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Content for this online site is selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations across California, including Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

Native American Rock Art

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum has partnered with Calisphere to develop K-12 curricula that assist teachers and students in developing an understanding and appreciation of Native American rock art and rock art sites. Using images and data from the Museum’s extensive Daniel McCarthy Collection (also available on OAC), this partnership allows our Museum to reach and influence students throughout California and beyond.

California’s Native Americans

Teaming up with other institutions, Calisphere also offers a range of topics, themed collections, lesson plans, and essays on Native Americans in California, including images relating to specific California tribes.

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The Online Archive of California (OAC) is a research gateway that provides access to unique and historical materials at archives, libraries, and museums throughout California.

A number of collections and research guides from Agua Caliente Cultural Museum are available through the Online Archive of California (OAC), including the Daniel McCarthy collection of rock art slides  and the Historic Postcards Collection.


The National Museum of the American Indian offers free PDF print resources and lesson guides for teachers.  Subject matter ranges from the first Thanksgiving to Native American dolls and quilts.


The Anthropology Outreach Office of the Smithsonian Institute provides parents, teachers, and children A Critical Bibliography of North American Indians (K-12).  Books include traditional stories, non-fiction, fiction, and biographies broken down into categories by region and tribe, in an effort to promote accuracy and understanding, and abolish stereotypes.

If you are a teacher or home school parent located in the Coachella Valley and would like to arrange a field trip to Agua Caliente Cultural Museum or wish to have an Education staff member visit your classroom, please send an email to

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