Cultural Committee

Cultural Committee Members are below.
Contact: or 951-763-5549

Thomas Magee
Roberta Leash
Edward Chacon
Antonio Heredia Sr.
Maurice Chacon

Old Cahuilla Adobe Home

The Cahuilla Band of Indians is Mountain Cahuilla people (Qawishpa Cahuillangnah), one of the original peoples of Southern California. The Mountain Cahuilla lived in the high mountain valleys and canyons, running up from the Coachella Valley, San Gorgonio Pass, and San Jacinto Mountains region of Southern California.  Cahuilla history in stories and songs tells how the Cahuilla were given these lands as their homeland since the beginning of time by their Creator. 

The Cahuilla reservation of almost 19,000 acres was established in 1875 and is located near Anza, California in what is now western Riverside County.“Paui’we’yum” (Cahuilla Valley) is comprised of several villages including our main village known as “Paui” (hot springs) which is now situated off of highway 371.  Cahuilla recognizes the importance of Cahuilla culture, family, community and stewardship of its lands. The Tribe maintains a cultural program and an environmental protection program in which strives for preservation and protection of Cahuilla culture and traditions. Cahuilla is an endangered Uto-Aztecan language spoken by Tribal people who call themselves Iviatam speakers, ‘Ivia’- the original language. A 1990 Census revealed that 35 speakers in an ethnic population of 800 people. The language is nearly extinct and only very few elders speak the language. To this day, elders try to revive the language through language classes and by handing down traditional stories, songs, and games to the younger generation.

The Cahuilla Culture Committee also continues to preserve the traditions of their people by hosting cultural classes such as basket weaving and language for all generations of Cahuilla. There are few families whom carry the great Cahuilla basket weaving tradition. These families assist the culture committee in hosting classes that teach Cahuilla people about the native plants and materials used for the many different baskets that the Cahuilla ancestors used.

Culture Awareness Day


Cultural Awareness Assembly at the Hamilton High School in May of 2014. The younger generation of the three Cahuilla Mountain Tribes, Cahuilla, Santa Rosa, and Ramona invited peers to join in bird singing and dancing. This was a very special event that allowed Cahuilla youth an opportunity to provide cultural education to community members. The three tribes provided a traditional lunch and served Indian Tacos after the performance. The Indian children were very proud of their heritage.

Basket Weaving Class

2016 2nd Annual Cahuilla Gathering

1st Place Winners-Pechanga Men's Team 5K Rez Run Winners
Bird Singer Bird Singers
Bird Singer Bird Singers
Clay Pots Money Grease Pole
Clay Pots Money Grease Pole
Little Timers After the Money Little Timers Grease Pole Winners
Little Timers After the Money Little Timers Grease Pole Winners
Sack Race Tug O War
Sack Race Tug-O-War
Senator giving appreciation to Chairman and Elder Old Timer- David Hill former Rams Player and George Smith
Senator giving appreciation to Chairman and Elder Old Timer David Hill, former Rams Player, & George Smith
Native Arts and Food Traditions
Native Arts and Food Traditions


Band of Indians

52701 Hwy 371
Anza, CA 92539
(951) 763-5549
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