Today, the Cahuilla people span nine reservations across southern California, linked by a shared language yet distinguished by tribal identities forged by geography, culture, and law. As Agua Caliente, their identity is rooted in Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz, and Chino Canyons and is inextricably linked to the hot mineral springs considered sacred by their ancestors. It is in honor of these springs, called Se-khi (boiling water) in Cahuilla, that they eventually became known by the Spanish term for hot water, Agua Caliente.
I can't help but feel good hearing about a band of Indians that continue to celebrate and preserve their heritage with pride and wealth. What a pleasant and interesting trip P.S. turned out to be after all.
According to Old-photos.blogspot.com, the lovely photograph of the Indian woman above was taken in 1924 by Edward Curtis. The woman is not identified by name, but it is indicated that she is part of the Desert Cahuilla tribe.