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Posted on: May 23, 2017

’Atáaxum Chám'míix Exhibit at the Temecula Valley Museum

Ataaxum Cham miix exhibit

The Temecula Valley Museum is proud to host a Pechanga Cultural Resources exhibit entitled, ‘Atáaxum Chám’míix, which will be on display in the second floor gallery at the museum between May 20 and June 25, 2017.

Since time immemorial, Luiseño people have lived in the Menifee Valley. When European settlers moved into the region, they divided the land into ranches, thus splitting up and impacting the many villages in the Valley. Today, the remnants of these villages are now identified as archaeological sites. The 1,114-acre Audie Murphy Ranch in Menifee was once a large Luiseño village.

In 2004, the Pechanga Cultural Resources Department received a collection of more than 80,000 artifacts from the excavations of the Audie Murphy Ranch. These artifacts are the remnants of thousands of years of daily life. Come explore ‘Atáaxum Chám’míix to discover how the ancestors of the Luiseños lived and cared for the world around them.

‘Atáaxum Chám’míix is presented by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the City of Temecula, Community Services Department.  It is partially funded by the MICA Group Cultural Resource Fund.

The Temecula Valley Museum and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians invite you to celebrate the opening of the exhibit at a public reception at the museum on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

For more information on this event, please call the Temecula Valley Museum at (951) 694-6450.

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