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Newsletters

Spring 2013 Newsletter   Spring 2013
Feature Article: In this issue, we offer an excerpt from Robert "Mountain Bob" Hepburn's new field handbook, Plants of the Cahuilla Indians of the Colorado Desert and Surrounding Mountains.

Events Spotlight: See photos from the Perceptions of Native Americans in Art lecture, the 2012 Holiday Open House at the Museum, and the January 2013 Tahquitz Canyon Geology Hike.
The Spirit--Winter 2012-13   Winter 2012
Feature Article: In this issue, Moraino J. Patencio, J.D., writes about Tribal elder Francisco Patencio, ceremonial leader (net) and political activist for the Agua Caliente people.

Events Spotlight: See photos from the opening reception of this year's Dinner in the Canyons.
The Spirit, Fall 2012   Fall 2012
Feature Article:

In this issue, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum remembers Richard M. Milanovich, Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians – mentor, advocate, and friend of the Museum.

Events Spotlight: We are pleased to announce the 2012-2013 schedule of exhibitions, educational programs, and special events the Museum will offer beginning in October.  See pages 7 through12 for details and plan to join us!

Spring 2012 Cover   Spring 2012

Feature Article: Exhibition Notes from the Curatorial Department details the current Visions of the Indian Canyons exhibition from Curator Dawn Wellman.

Events Spotlight: Enjoy photographs and recaps of A Taste of Native Cuisine to An Evening of Indian Storytelling and Song, Holiday Open House, and the opening reception for the current exhibition.
Winter newsletter   Winter 2012

Feature Article: In The Changing Cahuilla Landscape, we learn about the little-known existence of the pronghorn and its history roaming the Colorado Desert and the Coachella Valley.

Events Spotlight:  The 2011 Dinner in the Canyons honored Richard M. Milanovich, Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Featured performer Buffy Sainte-Marie entertained guests under the stars in Andreas Canyon.
Fall 2011 newsletter   Fall 2011

Feature Article: In Western Science Seeks Cultural Knowledge by Curator Dawn Wellman, we learn about an innovative graduate course of the UCLA/Getty Masters program where technical conservation faculty and students collaborate with Native American guest instructors to learn about tribal museums, cultural objects, and conservation.

Events Spotlight:  Features photographs of children ages 5-12 participating in Kids Explore! classes.
  Summer 2011

Feature Article:  This issue features an illuminating article about George Ringwald, a reporter for the Press-Enterprise newspaper (Riverside, California) and one of the key non-Indian figures during the time of the federal conservatorship program in Palm Springs.

Events Spotlight:  Features photographs from the Festival of Native Film & Culture and Singing the Birds: Bird Song & Dance Festival.

  Spring 2011

Feature Article: The Art of Basketry.  Assistant Curator, Dawn Wellman, discusses the effects immigrant settlers and European contact had on the designs of Cahuilla basketry.

Events Spotlight: Features photographs from the Holiday Open House held at the Museum.


  Winter 2010

Feature Article: The Ring of Ancient Lake Cahuilla by Ashley Dunphy, Curatorial Assistant.  Learn what created the ring around the mountains near La Quinta.

Events Spotlight: Features photographs from Song of the Basket exhibition opening and from the Dinner in the Canyons.

This issue also announces exciting new opportunities to interface with Agua Caliente Cultural Museum online!

  Fall 2010

Feature Article:  The Curatorial Department offers insight into how the exhibition Song of the Basket was created.  This exhibition is a look at Cahuilla culture from the perspective of women, as seen in the artistry of their basket making.

Events Spotlight: Features photographs from the Kids Explore! summer program.  Participants learn net making skills, and how to create gourd rattles and corn husk dolls.

  Summer 2010

Feature Article: Exhibition Notes from the Curatorial Department.  Native Americans have a long tradition of sporting activities.  Games played an important role in teaching and reinforcing community values with a strong connection to social, spiritual, and economic aspects of Indian life. 

Events Spotlight: Features photographs from the Festival of Native Film & Culture.

  Spring 2010

Feature Article: Native Film: Eye Witness, by Elizabeth Weatherford, Founding Director, Film and Video Center, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Weatherford discusses the neglected viewpoints of indigenous people in film during the 1950s and the movement contemporary Native directors have created in portraying a uniquely indigenous view.

Events Spotlight: Features photographs from the Fall education classes, the Holiday Open House, and Singing the Birds: Bird Song & Dance Festival.

  Winter 2009

Feature Article: Cahuilla Musical Culture by Paul Apodaca, Ph.D.  Cahuilla culture was dominated by singing, with songs filling days and nights.  Bird Songs tell the Cahuilla creation and the Tribe's migration to the Coachella Valley, and assert clan and family territory.  These songs were ceremonially and socially important. 

Events Spotlight:  Features photographs from Dinner in the Canyons and Beyond the Walls, an article about bringing educators from the Museum into the local schools.

In Memoriam:  This year the Cahuilla people lost two very influential tribal members: Alvino Siva and Anthony Joseph Andreas, Jr.  They will be remembered as singers and teachers of songs and sharers of traditional knowledge.

  Fall 2009

Feature Articles:  Boarding School Runaways.  Historically, the United States government has pursued the destruction of American Indian culture through the education of Indian children.  Stories abound throughout Native American communities of children running away from the boarding schools they were forced to attend.  The story of Flora and Matilda Patencio, Agua Caliente members, is told in this issue.

Cahuilla Pottery -- Utilitarian Art. The Curatorial Department discusses the origins of Cahuilla pottery making, the skills and techniques used, and how state and federal agencies protect this pottery today.

Events Spotlight:  Features photographs from Kids Explore!, Summer classes.

In Memorium: Donna Mae Tortes Largo.  Donna will be remembered as a basket maker and teacher who was devoted throughout her life to family, Tribe, and community.

  Summer 2009

Feature Articles: Aswet -- the Eagle by Lowell J. Bean, Ph.D.  Dr. Bean discusses the importance of the eagle to the Cahuilla people as a "symbolic representation of the life of the clan or lineage."

Kennewick Man on Trial.  A hotly-debated controversy was ignited in 1996 when a 9,600 year old skeleton was found in the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington.

Events Spotlight: Features photographs from the Festival of Native Film & Culture and Creating a Legacy: Gifts to the Collections exhibition opening reception.


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