May 20 – Jun 25, 2017
Since time immemorial, Luiseño people have lived in the Menifee Valley. When European settlers moved into 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. One of the more well known ranches, 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 Ranch site excavations.
The ˈAtáaxum Chamˈmíix exhibit is a selection of objects from the excavation, remnants of thousands of years of daily life. The objects will be on display at the Temecula Valley Museum for the duration of the exhibition.
ˈAtáaxum Chamˈmíix 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.