U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Eagle Scout builds Native American shelter for National Monument
Friends and staff of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument are thrilled to now have a Native American shelter, called a Kish, at the Monument Visitor Center. A local Eagle Scout constructed the Kish project with Boy Scout helpers and other volunteers to honor this area's Cahuilla Tribal peoples. This tribute to the local Native American culture can be seen at the National Monument Visitor Center on Highway 74 in Palm Desert California. Visitors will enjoy this very exciting Cahuilla style reproduction home, as it closely copies what Cahuilla ancestors would have made. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and enjoy this exciting new interpretive landmark.
Early Cahuilla peoples lived in bands or groups of people. They spoke different dialects, but they could talk and trade with other people from the region. Cahuilla people who now live in and around the Coachella Valley Palm Canyon area are descendants of peoples who were here before any Europeans. Boys were taught how to hunt animals. Girls learned how to grind acorns, make baskets and pots. They told many stories about how the world began. Cool running springs in Palm Canyon made Cahuilla life there very nice, even though they lived in a desert.
- Steven D. Harris, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument / Palm Springs South Coast Field Office (September 2012)
|Last updated: 09-06-2012|
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