Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

We are a heritage. 

          We are a people. 

                    We are a nation.

Take part in one of Southern California’s most anticipated cultural events of the year at the Cabazon Indio Powwow, located just minutes from Palm Desert in Indio, California. Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and tribes from across the United States and Canada as they come together to show off their dancing and singing skills through traditional competitions.

While you’re there, savor delicious Native American foods, including favorites like Indian fry bread, and browse through vendor booths to shop for hand-made jewelry, dream catchers and other Native American arts and crafts. Be sure to stay for the Grand Entry – which takes place on all three days of the event – to see all of the tribes come together in a dance procession to kick off the intertribal dancing and dance competitions.

Enjoy Native American dancing, drum contests, peon games and bird singing. Cabazon Indio Powwow visitors can also join dancers in the arena during selected times to participate in a non-competitive inter-tribal dance.

Visit the Cabazon Cultural Museum

Tribal members of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians are descendants of Chief Cabazon (pictured right), a leader of the Desert Cahuilla Indians from 1830s until the 1870s.


Over the generations the Cabazon Band has often faced adversity, but they remain undaunted as they shape their destiny and sustain their most honored cultural values: bound by the land as its custodians, they have a rich tradition of unity, leadership, and generosity.

Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Cahuilla people. The Cabazon Cultural Museum is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4pm. No admission fee.