The Hopi Tribe has resisted outside influence throughout recorded history. In 1633 Father Francisco de Porras was poisoned. In the general Pueblo revolt of 1680 four Franciscan Hopi missionaries lost their lives.
It took a long time and a lot of hard work for the two men to break down the anti-Catholic prejudice and gain the trust of the Navajo people.
Early settlers to this area were cattle and sheep men. Thousands of cattle grazed about the locality.
A rude cabin “down in the quarters” served for years as a chapel.
Tohatchi is a Navajo word meaning “where the water is scratched out.” It was chosen by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the site of the second boarding school for the Navajos in 1895.
No sooner was work begun in 1851 on the construction of adobe, stone and log facilities than the Navajos sought to thwart the military plan to prevent what they considered an encroachment upon their domain.
Nine miles from Cuba we were met by two autos, the occupants having come that distance to greet His Grace. A few miles further on, several boys on horseback awaited us and increased our escort.
With the muscle and sweat of so many hardworking Kentuckians this little valley was turned into a paradise. Truly, it warranted the beautiful nickname, “Kentucky Mesa.”