"When the Caciques of
sit on our decapitated heads,
then they can dress our bodies in their clothes,
feed our bodies with their victuals;
then, too they can have our things to take with them
to the houses of their fathers."
Water is life! ...
the Hopi Water and Fire Runs.
Who built the pyramids and
Why based on the Hopi Creation Story
does not happen, it just is.
You should water your children
like you water a tree.
A shady lane breeds mud."
"Haliksai" was the usual beginning
when a Hopi told a story in his own language.
"Once upon a time" was his beginning
when he told it in English."
Santa Fe Prophetic Gathering
His holiness Dalai Lama, Hopi Elders David Monongye and Thomas Banyacya
The above photo shows the Dalai Lama of Tibet greeting Hopi Spiritual Elders
David Monongye, Thomas Banyacya and
Dan Evehema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"In the December before the Winter Solstice of 1990, Hopi Grandfather Martin from Hotevilla, AZ observed a
snake coming out of his hole and a Cactus flower blooming, both in the dead of winter. These were two very
distinct signs that his elders had told him to look for, as a part of the ancient Hopi Prophecy of the SUN Clan.
A time would come when the lost white (robed) brother or Pahana
would come to break open the Hopi Tablets and reveal within their hidden sacred teachings.
Grandfather Martin was the keeper of the ancient Fire or Sun Clan stone-clay tablets. He knew what he was witnessing,
and so he followed the sacred instructions. He was to take the set of tablets he held to the oldest settlement in the West,
Santa Fe, NM. Martin and five other Hopi Elders went to see the governor of Santa Fe, and they shared the prophecy and the
tablets with him. His Holiness, The Dalai Lama happened to be visiting the Tibet Center of Santa Fe, and the Governor
introduced the elders to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a private meeting,
where the tablets where shared with his holiness.
It was the first time in recent history that all these elders had come together.
Grandfather Martin acknowledged the Tibetan High Lama as the prophetic
older brother from the east, as indicated in the
ancient stone tablets."
and Other Walpi Katcinas
And The Coyote
Between The Cooyoko And The Fox
Head And Goat Horn
Corn Maiden and
the Coming of Winter
and the Sun
And The Eagles
Dan Evehema of the Hopi
Sends A Message to Mankind
And The Hummingbird
Old Woman & Clay Old Man
Of The Hopi From The Under-World
and the Stars
Fewkes And Masauwu
to the Fifth World
First Journey Through Grand Canyon
Grandmother Mole and the Sacred Bundle
Spider and the Moon
- This Is How It Was
Raid On A Navaho Dance
A Family Quarrel Led To
Founding Of Oraíbi
An Oraíbi Chief Punished His People
Wedded An OraÍbi Maiden
Bees Learned to Fly and
Peaches Became Sweeter
Beetles Produced Rain
Grandmother Spider Named the Clans
The Plan Of His Enemies
Hotevilla And Bakabi Were Founded
Pö'okong Killed The Bear
Some Hopis Resisted Sending
Their Children To School And
The Trouble That Resulted
The Antelope Maiden Was Reconciled
The Beetles Produced Pain
How The Children Of Pivánhonk'api
Obtained Permission To Catch Birds
The Circle Katcina
And His Wife Became Stars
The Coyote Was
Deceived By The Wren
The Coyotes Had
A Katcina Dance
The Crow Clan Arrived
And Settled At Mishongnovi
The Crow Clan Became
Also The Kachina Clan
How the Great Chiefs Made
the Moon and the Sun
How the Hopi Indians
Reached Their World
The Hopi Marked The Boundary
Line Between Their Country
And That Of The Navajo
The Hopi Selected
Shung-Opovi For Their Home
The Mocking Bird Gave
The People Many Languages
The Pö'okongs Destroyed
Cóoyoko And His Wife
The People Came Out
Of The Underworld
The Spaniards Came To Shung-Opovi,
How They Built A Mission, And
How The Hopi Destroyed The Mission
The Yellow Corn-Ear Maiden
Became A Bull Snake And Revenged Herself
to the Skeleton House 1
To The Skeleton House 2
To The Skeleton House 3
Katcina Race Contest Between
The Wálpi And The Oraíbi
the Shongopavi Maiden
Kuskurza, the Third World
The End of the Third World
of the Snake
Order of the Moquis
And The Háno Hunters
Marries A Maiden
Másaw - The Caretaker
from Hopi Elders
Origin of the Clans
On The Hopi Villages
Rooster, Mockingbird and the Maiden
- The Wind God
Hopi Information Network
Hopi Message Board
message from Elders (video)
the Light of Reverance
from the Gods
Techqua Ikachi Newsletter
Videos / Music
Techqua Ikachi: Aboriginal Warning
17 Hopi Katcina Songs
Hopi Snake Dance
Traditions of the Hopi
Legends of the Southwest
The Hopi (meaning
"peaceful"), descendants of the prehistoric ANASAZI people, are a
Pueblo Indian tribe of the southwestern United States. Their population
of 9,617 (1988 est.) is concentrated in villages on or below three
adjoining mesas in northeastern Arizona. They speak a Shoshonean
dialect of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family.
Hapitu or Hopi meaning
the "peaceful ones" were the only Shoshones to adopt a pueblo culture,
located on the Three Mesas in Northeastern Arizona.
Their first European
contact was with the Spanish explorer Coronado in 1540. In 1598, the
Governor of New Mexico territory made them swear allegiance to the King
of Spain. In 1529, a Franciscan Mission was established at several Hopi
settlements, however they were destroyed in 1680 at the general Pueblo
uprising. The present Hopi Reservation became a reality by presidential
order on December 16, 1882.
Hopi culture is regarded
as one of the best-preserved native American cultures in North America.
Although visited (1540) by members of the Spanish explorer Coronado's
expedition, the Hopi remained relatively free from outside contact
until 1629, when the Spanish began to build missions at ORAIBI and
other pueblos. The Hopi destroyed these missions in the 1680 revolt led
by POPE. To resist further intrusions, they relocated their villages in
more remote areas that could be reached only by steep trails ascending
through breaks in the cliffs. In the 1820s, however, the NAVAJO began
to invade Hopi lands. These raids continued even after a Hopi
reservation was established (1882). Land disputes between the two
tribes have continued to the present day.
A sedentary farming
people, the Hopi have endured numerous hardships resulting from
drought, crop failure, epidemics, and the encroachment of alien
peoples. An elaborate and all-pervasive religious system has been their
answer to insecurity in a difficult environment, and throughout the
year one ceremonial follows another in rapid succession. Among those
intended to bring rain and fertility are the colorful snake dance and
The performance of
their spectacular Snake Dance attracts a huge public, and they remain
one of the largest and best known of the North American nations.
almost all the prophecies have come to pass. Great roads like rivers
pass across the landscape; man talks to man through the cobwebs of
telephone lines; man travels along the roads in the sky in his
airplanes; two great wars have been waged by those bearing swastika or
rising Sun; man is with the Moon and the stars. Most men have strayed
from the path shown us by the Great Spirit. For Massau'u alone is great
enough to portray the way back to Him."
Banyacya, for the Hopi Traditional Village Leaders:
presentation by Mr Thomas Banyacya, the final speaker, was preceded by
three shouts by Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Six Nations, and first
speaker of the day. The shouts were a spiritual announcement to the
Great Spirit of the people assembled and the intention to give a
message of spiritual importance.
then sprinkled corn meal next to the podium of the General Assembly and
made a brief remark in Hopi that translates as follows:
Spiritual leaders had an ancient prophecy that some day world leaders
would gather in a Great House of Mica with rules and regulations to
solve the world problems without war. I am amazed to see the prophecy
has come true and you are here today! But only a handful of United
Nations Delegates are present to hear the Motee Sinom (Hopi for First
People) from around the world who spoke here today.
English:) My name is Banyacya of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan and I am
a member of the Hopi sovereign nation. Hopi in our language means a
peaceful, kind, gentle, truthful people. The traditional Hopi follows
the spiritual path that was given to us by Massau'u the Great Spirit.
We made a sacred covenant to follow his life plan at all times, which
includes the responsibility of taking care of this land and life for
his divine purpose. We have never made treaties with any foreign
nation, including the United States, but for many centuries we have
honored this sacred agreement. Our goals are not to gain political
control, monetary wealth nor military power, but rather to pray and to
promote the welfare of all living beings and to preserve the world in a
natural way. We still have our ancient sacred stone tablets and
spiritual religious societies which are the foundations of the Hopi way
of life. Our history says our white brother should have retained those
same sacred objects and spiritual foundations.
all traditional Hopi spiritual leaders met and spoke of things I felt
strongly were of great importance to all people. They selected four
interpreters to carry their message of which I am the only one still
living today. At the time, I was given a sacred prayer feather by the
spiritual leaders. I made a commitment to carry the Hopi message of
peace and deliver warnings from prophesies known since the time the
previous world was destroyed by flood and our ancestors came to this
mission was to open the doors of this Great House of Mica to native
peoples. The Elders said to knock four times and this commitment was
fulfilled when I delivered a letter and the sacred prayer feather I had
been given to John Washburn in the Secretary General's office in
October, 1991. I am bringing part of the Hopi message to you here
today. We have only ten minutes to speak and time is late so I am
making my statement short.
meeting in 1948, Hopi leaders 80, 90 and even 100 years old explained
that the creator made the first world in perfect balance where humans
spoke one language, but humans turned away from moral and spiritual
principles. They misused their spiritual powers for selfish purposes.
They did not follow nature's rules. Eventually the world was destroyed
by sinking of land and separation of land by what you would call major
earthquakes. Many died and only a small handful survived.
this handful of peaceful people came into the second world. They
repeated their mistakes and the world was destroyed by freezing which
you call the great Ice Age.
survivors entered the third world. That world lasted a long time and as
in previous worlds, the people spoke one language. The people invented
many machines and conveniences of high technology, some of which have
not yet been seen in this age. They even had spiritual powers that they
used for good. They gradually turned away from natural laws and pursued
only material things and finally only gambled while they ridiculed
spiritual principles. No one stopped them from this course and the
world was destroyed by the great flood that many nations still recall
in their ancient history or in their religions.
Elders said again only a small groups escaped and came to this fourth
world where we now live. Our world is in terrible shape again even
though the Great Spirit gave us different languages and sent us to four
corners of the world and told us to take care of the Earth and all that
is in it.
Hopi ceremonial rattle represents Mother Earth. The line running around
it is a time line and indicates that we are in the final days of the
prophecy. What have you, as individuals, as nations and as the world
body been doing to to take care of this Earth? In the Earth today,
humans poison their own food, water and air with pollution. Many of us,
including children, are left to starve. Many wars are still being
fought. Greed and concern for material things is a common disease.
western hemisphere, our homeland, many original native people are
landless, homeless, starving and have no medical help.
knew humans would develop many powerful technologies that would be
abused. In this century, we have seen the First World War and the
Second World War in which the predicted gourd of ashes, which you call
the atomic bomb, fell from the sky with great destruction. Many
thousands of people were destroyed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
years there has been great fear and danger of World War Three. The Hopi
believe the Persian Gulf War was the beginning of World War Three but
it was stopped and the worst weapons of destruction were not used. This
is now a time to weigh the choices for our future. We do have a choice.
If you, the nations of this Earth, create another great war, the Hopi
believe we humans will burn ourselves to death with ashes. That's why
the spiritual Elders stress strongly that the United Nations fully open
the door for native spiritual leaders as soon as possible.
itself does not speak with a voice that we can easily understand.
Neither can the animals and birds we are threatening with extinction
talk to us. Who in this world can speak for nature and the spiritual
energy that creates and flows through all life? In every continent are
human beings who are like you but who have not separated themselves
from the land and from nature. It is through their voice that Nature
can speak to us. You have heard those voices and many messages from the
four corners of the world today. I have studied comparative religion
and I think in your own nations and cultures you have knowledge of the
consequences of living out of balance with nature and spirit. The
native peoples of the world have seen and spoken to you about the
destruction of their lives and homelands, the ruination of nature and
the desecration of their sacred sites. It is time the United Nations
used its rules to investigate these occurrences and stop them now.
Corners area of the Hopi is bordered by four sacred mountains. The
spiritual center within is a sacred site our prophecies say will have
special purpose in the future for mankind to survive and now should be
left in its natural state. All nations must protect this spiritual
and all original native people hold the land in balance by prayer,
fasting and performing ceremonies. Our spiritual Elders still hold the
land in the Western Hemisphere in balance for all living beings,
including humans. No one should be relocated from their sacred
homelands in this Western Hemisphere or anywhere in the world. Acts of
forced relocation, such as Public Law 93-531 in the United States, must
United Nations stands on our native homeland. The United Nations talks
about human rights, equality and justice and yet the native people have
never had a real opportunity to speak to this assembly since its
establishment until today. It should be the mission of your nations and
this assembly to use your power and rules to examine and work to cure
the damage people have done to this Earth and to each other. Hopi
Elders know that was your mission and they wait to see whether you will
act on it now.
the First People and the spirit of our ancestors are giving you loud
warnings. Today, December 10, 1992, you see increasing floods, more
damaging hurricanes, hail storms, climate changes and earthquakes as
our prophesies said would come. Even animals and birds are warning us
with strange change in their behavior such as the beaching of whales.
Why do animals act like they know about the earth's problems and most
humans act like they know nothing? If we humans do not wake up to the
warnings, the great purification will come to destroy this world just
as the previous worlds were destroyed.
and Oren Lyons held up a picture of a large rock drawing in Hopiland)
rock drawing shows part of the Hopi prophecy. There are two paths. The
first with technology but separate from natural and spiritual law leads
to these jagged lines representing chaos. The lower path is one that
remains in harmony with natural law. Here we see a line that represents
a choice like a bridge joining the paths. If we return to spiritual
harmony and live from our hearts, we can experience a paradise in this
world. If we continue only on this upper path, we will come to
to all of us, as children of Mother Earth, to clean up this mess before
it's too late.
Elders request that during this International Year for the Worlds
Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations keep that door open for
spiritual leaders from the four corners of the world to come to speak
to you for more than a few minutes as soon as possible. The Elders also
request that eight investigative teams visit the native areas of the
world to observe and tell the truth about what is being done and stop
these nations from moving in this self- destructive direction.
of you leaders want to learn more about the spiritual vision and power
of the Elders, I invite you to come out to Hopiland and sit down with
our real spiritual leaders in their sacred Kivas where they will reveal
the ancient secrets of survival and balance.
that all members of this assembly that know the spiritual way will not
just talk about it, but in order to have real peace and harmony, will
follow what it says across the United Nations wall: "They will beat
their swords into plowshares and study war no more." Lets, together, do
night before the presentations of the native people from around the
world to the General Assembly, there was a total eclipse of the moon
over New York City and the sky was clear. The evening after the
presentation by Mr Banyacya and the other native spokespersons, heavy
rain and strong wind began. The weathermen had been calling for a
snowstorm but what came the following day were the worst floods in New
York's memory. Major highways were washed away by the sea and the
United Nations itself experienced flooding of its lower subfloors,
forcing a shutdown of its heating and air conditioning and all
personnel were dismissed at three o'clock.
ground floor meeting room, where on December 11, native peoples were
meeting representatives of various UN agencies, Thomas Banyacya
spontaneously called on all the participants, including UN officials,
to form a great circle. All the Elders were in the center and Thomas
called in some non-native people as well. Each silently said a prayer.
The forming of the circle of unity of all people from the four corners
of the Earth was more than just a symbolic act. One participant said
she had never felt herself to be in such a safe place. Later, several
people present noted that no further storm damage occurred in Manhattan
and that the storm itself abated that afternoon.
Katsina Ah–la Tihu Hopi, ca. 1904
Ah–la, a winter solstice katsina, arrives to
open the kivas for the other katsinas' visitations. He blesses all the
houses in the village and the seeds that each household will plant in
the upcoming agricultural season.
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