Singing the Birds set for Jan. 27

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Name: Singing the Birds
Description: The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is proud to present the annual Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahxmuweh)with Emcee Michael Mirelez (Desert Cahuilla), from noon to 7 p.m.Saturday Jan. 27
Venue: Palm Springs High School
Dates: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 12:00 PM - Saturday, January 27, 2018, 07:00 PM

The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is proud to present the annual Singing the Birds (Wikitmallem Tahxmuweh)with Emcee Michael Mirelez (Desert Cahuilla), from noon to 7 p.m.Saturday Jan. 27 at Palm Springs High School. This event is open to the public free of charge and celebrates traditional Native Bird Singing and Dancing.

“This year promises to be the largest festival ever” said Executive Director, Julia Bussinger “We are expecting more community members and a greater number of Native crafters selling their wares than in past years.”

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.

About Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum (ACCM) was founded in 1991 by six esteemed leaders of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians who saw the need to preserve their Tribal heritage, including its collections of archival material and cultural items. Today that facility serves over 20,000 visitors a year in downtown Palm Springs along with satellite cultural events, a research library, educational outreach programs all while helping to conserve the historic treasures of the Coachella Valley.

The ACCM is now governed by an independent Board of Directors who play a hands on and participative role in the museums regular activities. In 2003 The ACCM became the first Native American Museum to be accepted as part Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliate Program. The Museum is funded through independent and Tribal donations to sustain its mission “To inspire people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures. We keep the spirit alive through exhibitions, collections, research and educational programs.”

 

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