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Tule Doll and Cradleboard Workshop and Cahuilla Documentary Film
Cahuilla Documentary: Kuktushatem Chema’avuwetemngax (Words From Our Elders)

June 14, 2015 | Workshop: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm , Film Screening: 4:00  - 5:00 pm
Riverside Metropolitan Museum | Free Print the Flyer

Learn how to make an American Indian tule doll and a doll cradleboard during this free workshop at Riverside Metropolitan Museum. Blossom Hathaway (Cahuilla/Apache) and Lori Sisquoc (Cahuilla/Apache) will lead the workshop designed for youth and adults. The workshop will begin at 2:00 pm and end at 3:30 pm. At 4:00 pm, enjoy a preview screening of “Kuktushatem Chema’avuwetemngax: Words From Our Elders,” a documentary about the history and culture of a Southern California American Indian people—the Cahuilla—as told through the stories of tribal members: Ann Hamiliton, Kaweah, Red Elk, Ernest Siva, Roy Matthews, Renona Pennington, Mary Belardo, Christina Morreo, Joe Benitez, and Walter Holmes. The film will begin with a special introduction by Terria Smith (Cahuilla), First Nations Experience producer and director of the film and Sean Milanovich, writer and Associate Curator of Anthropology. 

This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information,visit: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this film do not necessarily represent those of Cal Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


About the Exhibit
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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