The Annual Fiesta includes honoring Native American veterans, arts and crafts, fry bread, bird songs, and dances.
The Malki Museum sponsors three main events each year which are designed to be traditional and educational.

Fiesta or Kewét

Memorial Weekend, Sunday, May 29, 2022

You can help us spread the word by following this link to a PDF version of the flyer. Please share widely: fiest-flyer-2022-1-1

From May 1-29 we will be collecting donations for Operation Community Cares

Drop off your donations at Malki Museum during our business hours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

List of Suggested items:

Here are a few of the items that can be donated:

* Hot Sauce
* Zip Lock Bags
* Baby Wipes (Gallon Size)
* Slim Jim’s / Beef Jerky
* Coffee (Ground or whole; instant or drip. Ground is preferred)
* Powder Drink Mix (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
* Sunflower Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds
* Tuna & Chicken Salad (in foil pouches, or ready-to-eat kits (no cans)
* Protein Powder & Protein Bars
* Hot Chocolate packets, Herbal teas
* Hard Pretzels / Cheetos / Fritos / Chex Mix / Wheat Thins / Ritz
* Gum / Hard Candy (must be individually wrapped in large bags)
* Granola Bars / Power Bars / Cereal Bars / Cliff Bars
* Fig Newtons, Oreos, Cheese & Crackers – Small Packs
* Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Granola, Fruit Roll-Ups / Fruit By The Foot / Fruit Gummies
* Dry Soup: ​Cup Noodles (noodles that come in a cup rather than packet)
* Nuts: Peanuts, Mixed Nuts (salted preferred)
* Microwave Food (Popcorn, Chef-Boy-R-Dee, Mac’n’Cheese…)
* Cookies / Girl Scout Cookies (with chocolate: Oct. – Feb. only!)
* Rice Krispie Treats (Store-bought only)
* Little Debbies® & Hostess® cake products
* Oatmeal Packs (Instant: just add water)
* Cereal (Small, individual boxes)
* Condiments, Spices; Sugar; Salad Dressing (no glass jars)
* BABY WIPES (travel size)
* HAND SANITIZER (travel size)
* Body Wash, Liquid Soap, Facial Cleanser
* Shampoo /Conditioner (travel size)
* Hair Gel (for female troops to pull hair back)
* Combs / Brushes
* Deodorant (travel size)
* Razors (disposable or “Intuition” or “Mach 3” types)
* Chapstick
* Baby Powder & Foot Powder (travel size)
* Tissues (individual packs; travel size only)
* Hand & Body Lotion / Moisturizer (travel size)
* Sunblock, SPF 45, Zinc, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel
* Bug Spray / DEET / Skin-So-Soft
* Mouthwash (travel size)
* Toothpaste & Toothbrushes & Dental Floss
* Breath Mints / Breath Strips
* Lozenges / Cough Drops
* Sponges / Buff Puffs / Washcloths
* Nail files / Emery Boards / Nail Clippers
* Feminine Hygiene Products
* Qtips
* Cotton Balls
* Band-aids, Gauze Pads, First Aid Kits / Ace bandages, Icy Hot
* Shoe Insole Cushions (gel kind is best)
* Alleve, Motrin, Advil or Aspirin Packets
* Eye Drops
* Nasal Spray
* Vitamins
* iTunes® Gift Cards
* Small homemade gifts – reminders & comforts of “home”
* Pens & mechanical pencils, small notepads
* Stationery & Envelopes; blank cards to send home
* Day planners / Calendars / Small, Pocket Calendars
* Game Books: (Crossword Puzzles / Word Search Books / Math Puzzle books / MAD LIBS / Logic Problems / Sudoku)
* Yo-Yo’s, Dominoes, Playing Cards (new), Poker Chips & Mats, Dice
* Board games (UNO, Othello, Checkers – travel size is great, too!)
* Nerf Footballs / Whiffle bats, balls & Mitts / Sports equipment
* Frisbees / Hackey sacks
* T-SHIRTS: Cotton green & tan under shirts – new (Sizes: M, L & XL)
* FLASHLIGHTS – SMALL (battery operated.)
* AIR FRESHENERS (standalone- not plug-ins. Car types)
* Socks: Black, Olive Green & White (cotton or wool)
* Small toys (Beanie babies) & school supplies for Iraqi & Afghan children
* Patriotic knick-knacks, USA flags, flags from your state, bandanas, baseball hats, football jerseys, banners.
* Generic sunglasses (Ballistic, black only. No “mirrored” types)
* Alarm Clocks (Small in size; wind-up or battery-operated)
* Black or Green duct tape, small tool kits, dust masks, carpentry tools,
* Winter Hats (Yes, it does get cold! Hand knitted hats are welcome!)
* Water Bottles & Travel Mugs & Thermoses with Lids, (for Coffee, Tea & Soup)
* Religious booklets, small bibles, inspirational readings
* Holiday and Seasonal Decorations
* Cards & Letters: The troops love to hear from all of us and Mail brightens their days!  These are the MOST IMPORTANT items we can send the troops & we can never have too many, so please keep writing! Consider making a patriotic banner or poster to send inside one of our care packages!
​“For questions on specific item donations please contact Lisa at Lisa@OperationCommunityCares.Org
(Note: Some troops have allergies & need Brand Name toiletries which list all ingredients. The military issues toiletries to our troops, however troops often miss their favorite brand of shampoo or soap. Our goal is to send troops reminders of home & items they miss … not free samples.)
​“Packing Day List of Supplies Needed”.
Pens, crayons, coloring pages
Raffle items


Malki’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 both natives and non-natives come to participate in this unique event which has been an annual celebration since 1966, when the Kewét (the Cahuilla word for fiesta) tradition was revived after 20 years.

The first Fiesta drew a crowd of about 5,000 people, with about one-third comprised of natives from all over California. Many local natives have attended since they were children and have grown up watching first-hand as their culture comes alive in the center stage with dancing, drums, bird singing, native arts and crafts, and the smell of fresh cooked Indian Fry Bread. 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.

The Indian dancers and singers represent several tribes from southern California, and many of the vendors in the Ramada booths are Native Americans from all over the Southwestern States. The Ramada booths were constructed by volunteers especially for this annual event, and were made from alder forks, willow, arrow weed, and palm fronds which were hauled out of the local desert canyons.

The Fiesta is held each year on the Sunday of Memorial weekend in May. Any vendors interested in displaying their art or merchandise should contact the museum.