Native American's to Share Traditions

The Malki Museum is having its 48th annual Ke'wet Fiesta Celebration. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 27. The Ke'wet Fiesta, formerly known as Malki Museum's Annual Fiesta, is a time of gathering together to share culture and traditions. It is also the major fundraising event for the museum.


Each year, hundreds of natives and non-natives come to participate in this unique event, which has been an annual celebration since 1966, when the Kewet (the Cahuilla word for fiesta) tradition was revived after 20 years. The Indian dancers and singers represent several tribes from Southern California.
 
The first Fiesta drew a crowd of about 5,000 people, with about onethird comprised of natives from all over California. Many local natives have attended since they were children and have grown up watching firsthand as their culture comes alive on the center stage with dancing, drums, bird singing and native arts.
 
At the first Fiesta there was a large amount of pit-roasted barbequed beef, served with other traditional foods such as corn, beans, and homemade tortillas, and these foods are still served every year. Malki Museum is located at 11795 Malki Road on the Morongo reservation, just outside Banning. For driving directions and more information, go to www.malkimuseum.org or call 951-849-7289.
 
The Press-Enterprise