Bird Song

Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahxmuweh):

Bird Song & Dance Festival 

On Saturday, January 27, 2018 Agua Caliente Cultural Museum will present Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahxmuweh): Bird Song & Dance Festival at the Palm Springs High School Gymnasium, 2401 East Baristo Road, from Noon to 7:00 p.m. This free public event hosted by Michael Mirelez (Desert Cahuilla) celebrates traditional Native American bird singing and dancing.


The Bird Song & Dance Festival features honored bird singers and dancers from California and Arizona. It is estimated that over 1,000 bird singers, dancers, and other guests attended last year's festival. Native food and craft vendors will be present, as well as Tribal representatives who will display educational resources and other information.  


Bird Songs are thousands of years old. Today the Cahuilla sing their songs reminding themselves of the connection to the land. Bird Songs are social songs that tell the stories of their combined experience as a people, from creation to migration and beyond. A completely oral tradition, they were sung in a precise order that accurately accounted for the stories’ chronology, and depended on their transference from generation to generation. Men, women, and children all participate in dancing. Singing the Birds has helped to reinforce Cahuilla traditional music and dance, language, history, food, kinship, and values.

For additional information, call 760-833-8174.