The Cahuilla Indians lived in these palm canyons during the desert winters and moved up into the mountains and the oak groves during the summers. They had water nearby from the streams and the palm trees provided excellent shade. They also provided materials for their houses and baskets. I used to visit the Palm Springs Desert Museum with my classes and see their beautifully woven baskets which were also made from the palm tree fronds. They were woven so tightly that they were waterproof! Incredible! These photos show how they used the palm fronds.