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Metropolitan Museum

Start Date/Time

9/26/2014 12:00 AM

End Date/Time

6/20/2017 11:59 PM

Type of Event

Arts and Culture



Exhibit Open September 26, 2014 - August 31, 2017
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Related Exhibit Events (Events are subject to change; please call ahead).
April 2, 2015 Arts Walk: Round Reed Basket Weaving and Cahuilla Bird Songs by Payniktem | 6 - 9 pm
April 15, 2015 Discovery Days for Kids: Native Plant Uses  | 1:30 - 4:30
November 18, 2015 Discovery Days for Kids: Acorns- Let’s Get Nutty!| 1:30 - 4:30

The CAHUILLA CONTINUUM: TÚKU, ÍVAX, TÚLEKA*  exhibition tells the story of a Southern California Native people---the Cahuilla. The past, present, and future of this vital, indigenous community is brought to life through baskets, branding irons, ollas, regalia, paintings, photographs, and stories. The exhibit features over 160 objects from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Cultural Museum, and private collectors with members of the Cahuilla community playing a pivotal role in both the development and production of the exhibition.
The Cahuilla say they have been in Southern California since the beginning of time. They have made inland Southern California their home-- taking care of the land, water, trees, plants, and animals. Adapting to life on the desert floor in the heat and on tops of mountains in the cold, their culture, language, and religion are an extension of their environment. Through their basketry, ceramics, songs, and dances, they preserve their heritage and teach their history and laws. In these ways, they prepare for the future. Within the last 25 years, a revitalization of Cahuilla culture has emerged and Cahuilla Continuum: Túku,  Ívax, Túleka is an extension of that idea and thought. There are nine federally-recognized Cahuilla reservations in Southern California: Agua Caliente, Augustine, Cahuilla, Cabazon, Los Coyotes, Morongo, Ramona, Santa Rosa, and Torres Martinez. Cahuilla also live on other reservations, all of which are actively preserving the natural resources of the state, their heritage, and their sovereignty for future generations.

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