Author Archives: Kachina House

The Architectural Giants of Arizona

The Architectural Giants of Arizona

Builders and cultural groups carve stunning sculptures from the Arizona deserts, beckoning travelers from around the world yearly. Here we give you a glimpse into the structures and histories of these architectural giants. Chapel of Holy Cross This religious citadel sits between monumental red rocks, and was a gift from Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a sculptress,… Continue Reading

Exploring the Red Rocks of Sedona

Exploring the Red Rocks of Sedona

Exploring the Red Rocks of Sedona Tourist season is slowing down in the country of red rocks, but many outside adventurists continue to travel to the South Rim of one of the world’s natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. While many travelers are accustomed to the sweltering summer heat when enjoying the spectacular views, those who… Continue Reading

Native American Landmarks of Sedona

Native American Landmarks of Sedona

When you take the time to explore the tribal lands of Arizona, you’ll find traces of the rich civilizations and cultural heritage that make our desert state truly historic. With over a quarter of Arizona covered in historic tribal land, there are many landmarks and monuments to explore on your visit. Here are a few… Continue Reading

An Exploration of Hopi Clown Culture

An Exploration of Hopi Clown Culture

Like minstrel shows of the early 19th century, which were an unfolding of outlandish entertainment, satire, and comic slapstick used to shatter taboos and also reinforce stereotypes, the practice of Hopi clowning, known as “Tsukulalwa,” often accomplished the same. Clowning societies helped sculpt the foundations of Hopi ceremony and ritual. While outsiders may have taken… Continue Reading

Christmas Traditions Celebrated by the Tribes of the Southwest

Christmas Traditions Celebrated by the Tribes of the Southwest

The holidays are a beautiful blend of yuletide charm and spiritual reflection for the people of the Southwest. Here, we explore some of these interesting Christmas traditions. Pueblo Dances After the conversion of the pueblo people to Catholicism during the 16th century, a merging of cultures took place. Christmas Mass and spiritual Native American traditions… Continue Reading