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Incredible Hopi Kachina carvers will travel to Cabot’s Pueblo Museum April 1-3, 2016 to demonstrate their artistry and create one-of-a-kind Kachina dolls. The event, held on the Pueblo grounds between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM all three days, is free and open to the public. 

“This is a special weekend for the Pueblo,” explains Eric Shay the Museum’s executive Director. “Cabot displayed his Kachina dolls inside the Pueblo and larger-than-life size paintings of Katchinas adorn the outside of the Pueblo building.”

To understand Hopi Kachina dolls, one must understand something of their purpose. The Kachina doll of the Hopi is the representation of a Hopi spirit or deity. Kachinas are holy spirits that live upon the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona and other sacred mountains in the Southwest. For more than 2,000 years, Native Americans have prayed to the great spirits to bless their world with good weather, abundant game and a bountiful harvest. They believe that each year, just after the winter solstice, beings known as Kachinas bring them messages from these spirits and walk upon the earth. At the end of the planting season, they return to the spirit world. Since each tribe may have their own distinct Kachinas, there is believed to be over 400 of them.

This year we will have three Katchina “carvers” at the Pueblo demonstrating their craft and selling the Katchinas they create. They are Eric Kayquaptewa, Darance Makwesa and Raynard Tawma from Hotevilla, Arizona. The village of Hotevilla is located on the third mesa on the Hopi Reservation.

 A special hands on art class on the hopi traditional symbols will be held for children on Sunday, April 3rd. from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

 The event is free and open to the public.

 We are grateful to theLouis L. Borick Foundation, which provided financial support to make this weekend possible.  



Nestled in the scenic hills of Desert Hot Springs, a Hopi-inspired pueblo sits against a hillside. Not just any pueblo, but one built with re-purposed materials he collected throughout the desert. Cabot’s pueblo spreads an impressive 5,000 square feet, divided into 35 rooms and adorned with 150 windows and 65 doors. What a sight it is to see!

Through the tour, you will have the chance to get to know the man behind the pueblo: a bright and ambitious man, who followed his heart, traveled the world and accomplished countless things.

In a modern world where everything we need is at our fingertips with a touch of a button, a flick of a switch or the sound of a voice, it’s hard to imagine having to walk 14 miles for water. Let us take you on a journey back to simpler times and introduce you to an exceptionally fascinating man, Cabot Yerxa.

Watch the clip for a glimpse into the inspiring life of Cabot Yerxa.  Come take a tour!

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Season Schedule: October 1st - May 31st

Tuesday through Sunday
9am to 4pm
Tour Times:  930am . 1030am . 1130am 1:30pm & 2:30pm
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Reservations are not required, however, we do recommend arriving and purchasing tickets 15 minutes prior to start time.
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