The “Nuui Cunni” Native American Intertribal Cultural Center is located on Lake Isabella in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. The center's location on Lake Isabella is beautiful and breathtaking, and radiates a spiritual atmosphere for "Nuui Cunni" which means "Our House." The uniqueness and authenticity of the displays and activities offered are a popular attraction to all interested visitors and those, who by heritage, can identify with Native American Culture.
The Center houses many Native American artifacts from local tribes including Showshine Paiute, Tubatulabal, Kawaiiasu as well as pieces from many tribes throughout the United States.
Operating, on a non discriminatory basis, under a Special Use Permit granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Sequoia National Forest Greenhorn District, the Kern River Paiute Council has been authorized to manage and operate the “Nuui Cunni” Native American Intertribal Cultural Center to curate and display Native American artifacts, crafts and art. We promote and restore the culture and history of our local Indian Communities, recognizing with respect, all wishing to exercise their educational programs and spiritual ceremonies.
The 3,150 square foot specially designed building, houses an authentic Native American museum, library, gift shop, and visitors center. The gift shop is always open during operating hours, and is stocked for those interested in unique handmade Native American crafts and wares.
The center also includes 5.6 acres which feature native plant exhibits, Native American artifacts, dance arbor, tule hut, lamada, sweat lodge, and a prayer garden featuring a plaque dedicated to the local Indians massacred in 1863 near the local Tilly Creek Indian site. The 5.6 acre site also allows for activities to accommodate many visitors. Within fifty yards of our facility is a large group campsite that can be obtained by reservation.
A lease agreement with TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) under the Owens Valley Career and Development Center, enables them to present programs to families, stressing the welfare of the youth, with activities to teach values, respect and the need for education to prepare for the future.
The center operates almost entirely with volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer, please contact us. Our “Friends of the Center” program brings support, special interest, and encouragement from those wishing to help.
We welcome all, who identify and would enjoy visiting the “Nuui Cunni” Native American Cultural Center's unique activities such as: Special Gatherings, Native American Crafts, Monthly Sweats, Meetings, Youth Activities, Substance Abuse Meetings, Farmers’ Market, Friendship, Cultural Classes, Training and Demonstrations. Anyone wishing to be added to our special activities invitation list can contact us through our website or e-mail address.