She also wrote a memoir, "A Dried Coyote's Tail," with Eric Elliott.
In recognition of her efforts to perpetuate Cahuilla culture, Saubel was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1993. In 2002 she received the Chancellor's Medal from UC Riverside and an honorary doctorate from La Sierra University in Riverside.
When her husband died in 1985, Saubel lamented that there was no one left to speak Cahuilla with her. "When you lose your language," she said often, "you lose everything. You can't interpret your songs, your stories — it's gone."
About six years ago, she began teaching traditional songs for the dead to a small group of young Cahuilla men, including her grandson, Aaron Saubel. He said they have never performed the songs without her, but plan to honor her by singing at her service. They will include one of her favorites:
Using the power
of the stars
and the ocean