BY LYNNE TUCKER
CABOT THE MAN
ADVENTURER • ARCHITECT • ARTIST • BUILDER • COLLECTOR • ENTREPRENEUR • EXPLORER • IDEALIST • VISIONARY • WRITER
BUILDING THE PUEBLO
Cabot’s Pueblo is marvel of engineering and design. The home was built beginning in 1941 and was always intended to be a museum in addition to the residence for Cabot and Portia Yerxa. The Hopi-inspired building is hand-made and created from reclaimed and found materials from throughout the Coachella Valley. Cabot used recovered lumber from his original homestead built in 1925 on the other end of Miracle Hill. Additionally, he purchased abandoned cabins and dismantled them to use the materials for the Pueblo, going so far as to straighten out used nails. Much of the Pueblo is made from adobe-style and sun-dried bricks Cabot made himself in the courtyard. Filled with Native American art and artifacts, souvenirs of Cabot’s travels around the world, displays on Native American Rights, and Cabot’s own works of art, the Pueblo Museum officially opened to the public in 1949. The Pueblo has four stories, is 5,000 square feet and includes 35 rooms, 150 windows, 30 rooflines, and 65 doors.
While walking around the grounds you will see Waokiye an amazing carved statue. Waokiye (Y-oh-kee-ay) means “Traditional Helper” in the Lakota language. Carved by artist Peter “Wolf” Toth, Waokiye was completed in May 1978. Waokiye’s face is 22 feet tall and was carved from a single 45-ton Sequoia redwood log that was donated to the Museum. The feather is 15 feet tall and was created from an Incense Cedar from Idyllwild.
During your adventure you will visit the Pueblo and experience the story of Cabot Yerxa and discover how he built his incredible home. Each tour is approximately 55 minutes long.
Each tour is limited to 12 people and tickets are purchased on a first-come, first-served basis.
OCTOBER THROUGH MAY
Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday), 900A-400P
930A, 1030A, 1130A, 130P, 230P
JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER
Wednesday-Saturday (closed Sunday-Tuesday), 900A-1:00P
930A, 1030A, 1130A
During our warmer months, we advise guests to be prepared with water and sunscreen.
$13.00 per person
$11.00 per person for Seniors, Active Military, and children ages 6-12
*Tickets are sold on first come first serve basis.
For more information contact www.cabotsmuseum.org