an incredible opportunity to share and celebrate our history, culture and traditions with this community and visitors from around the world.”
– Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe
“Each of the 566 federally recognized tribes throughout this country has a distinct culture that includes traditions, language, historic clothing and housing styles as well as historical food and medicine preparations. We want to share that with others as well as acknowledge the fact that we are alive and well today living in the modern world.” said Grubbe.
As for the museum specifically, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Board Chairwoman Millie Browne indicates the new museum is a dream come true. “This new Museum will provide a resource not only to the Agua Caliente community but to Native and indigenous people around the world,” Browne said.
Inspiration for the design of the cultural center and spa include Agua Caliente traditions such basket weaving and pottery known as ollas as well as elements found in nature such as desert landscapes and the Indian Canyons including desert rock formations, the meandering Andreas Canyon stream, and the Washingtonia filifera palm trees – the only native palm tree to the California desert.
JCJ Architecture’s design concept for the cultural center and spa reflects the Tribe’s values and ongoing commitment to the Agua Caliente people.