Hopi Hold the Key?

Ancient Wisdom  |  02/14/2016

Seventeen years toiling through our so-called educational system and I just recently discovered the Hopi people. It’s difficult to put this failure of our educational system in proper perspective because there really isn’t precedence. In addition to being some of the most beautiful, engaging and hospitable people I have ever had the pleasure of encountering, the Hopi live an ancient history that could hold the key to understanding the existence of humans on this planet.

No, I’m not drunk.

Village of Walpi, Hopi First Mesa, early 1900s
Village of Walpi, Hopi First Mesa, Early 1900s

The Hopi or Hopisitu (“peaceful people”) are not a monolithic group in the sense of many other American Indian tribes such as the Apache or Navajo, they are comprised of many different clans that adhere to the Hopi way of life (no need for “commandments” here folks). Hopi oral tradition explains how these clans traveled the earth in all directions prior to finding their center place on three mesas in Northern Arizona where they have lived continuously for more than 1,000 years. Different clans traveled different directions, and Hopi oral history accounts for each clan arriving at the mesas at a different time, from a different place, with different knowledge to share.

While world-wide travel in ancient times may be a bitter pill to swallow for some, there are many signs indicating the Hopi completed this journey. The Hopi share many intriguing linguistic similarities with the ancient Egyptians and the petroglyphs they create have been found all over the world. When they hosted Tibetan monks a few years ago the monks pointed excitedly at a geometric petroglyph on the mesas and exclaimed, “home!” This stuff probably doesn’t happen by accident.

The Hopi are comprised of a matrilineal clerkship system in which clan blood is thicker than any. Each clan has a distinct role to play in the annual spiritual wheel and each clan maintains their own subterranean ceremonial chamber or kiva for private clan and secret society ceremony, ritual and gathering. Kind of like a fraternity without the keg stands. Kivas not only host ceremonies but help convey the oral history of the Hopi people as well in the way they are constructed. Each kiva has a hole in the center denoting the Sipapuni or place of emergence (which is described as a reed) with multiple levels portraying past incarnations of humans on earth. According to the Hopi (and Maya) a major cycle is ending and we are transitioning into the next era of human existence on earth – the fifth to the Hopi and sixth to the Maya. The entrance up the ladder through the hole in the top of the kiva represents entry into the fourth world of today, perhaps symbolic of jacob’s ladder into the Milky Way. Our friend Bertram Tsavadawa of the Corn Clan provides a much better explanation of a kiva below, featured in one of our upcoming episodes. 

Author Gary David has done some exceptional work researching Hopi linguistics and has found some very intriguing coincidences. Interestingly there’s an ancient city in Uzbekistan called “Khiva” that has been inhabited since 8000 BC that contains circular subterranean dwellings very similar to the Hopi “kiva.” The Hopi word “tawa” for “sun” is similar to the Tibetan word “dawa” for moon. The Hopi word “Sohu” means star (star of Orion usually), while the Egyptian word “Sahu” refers to the star gods of Orion. The Hopi claim to have been saved from past world cataclysms by the “ant friends,” which in Hopi language is “anu naki” (“ant friend”). This of course rings very similar to the Sumerian word “Annunaki” referring to a group of serpent gods literally as “they who from heaven to earth came.” Coincidence, or did ancient gods of the Sumerians save the Hopi at one time during their travels?

The Hopi and other pueblo peoples are migratory in nature, leaving clan symbols and spirals to mark their travels. Spirals have been found all over the world left by seemingly disparate groups of ancient humans, could they have been the same people? While we’re led to believe that all inhabitants of the Americas including the Hopi are descendants of peoples who crossed the Bering Sea Bridge (also referred to as “Beringia”), blood analysis confirms existence of the B Haplogroup among the Hopi challenging this theory. The B Haplogroup is shared by Turks, Mongols, Han Chinese, Indonesians, Koreans, Malaysians, Melanesians, Micronesians, Filipinos, Polynesians, Taiwanese, Thais, Tibetans, and Vietnamese. The B Haplogroup was distributed from Southeast Asia across the Pacific archipelagos into the Americas, and is most prominent among the Pueblo Indians of North America – though there is even a greater frequency of Haplogroup B in peoples of Central America, and an even greater frequency in South America. Many believe this indicates that the Hopi are descendants of the lost continent of Lemuria or Mu that supposedly sank into the Pacific around 12,000 years ago during a major deluge event that scientific research confirms.

Spiral Petroglyph, Bandelier National Monument, UT
Spiral Petroglyph, Bandelier National Monument, NM

Both the Hopi Pahana and Maya Quetzalcoatl are prophesied to return soon in the form of aged white males to help usher in the next cycle of human existence on earth. Why would the Hopi and Maya, two dark-skinned groups of people who were never supposed to have seen a white man prior to the late 1400s believe that a deity will return to them in the form of an aged caucasian male from the East to usher in the purification of the earth? How and why would the Hopi align ancient structures over hundreds of miles with the stars of the Orion constellation, just like sites of the ancient Egyptians?

The Hopi, like the Egyptians, Sumerians, Maya, Toltec and many advanced ancient cultures venerate a serpent deity in the “horned water serpent.” Their clans assembled over time in what they claim is the center of the earth or omphalos where they met their earth deity Masaaw and agreed to live simply there in harmony with the earth. The Hopi interact with star beings called Katsinas who visit them from the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona annually on “flying shields” to help them with a variety of things including the ancient dry farming techniques that many Hopi still employ today. This interaction with other-wordy beings is not dissimilar to accounts in ancient Hindu scriptures of Vimanas, or the descending gods of the Maya.

Hopi Men Imprisoned by US Government in 1894 for Refusing to Allow Their Children to be Assimilated by our Lackluster Educational System
Hopi Men Imprisoned by US Government in 1894 for Refusing to Allow Their Children to be Assimilated by our Lackluster Educational System

Like most indigenous peoples the Hopi have endured years of unthinkable treatment from the U.S. government. They’ve also had plenty of trouble from their neighbors, who are still at it, chasing the almighty dollar in building a massive abomination of a “resort” on the cliffs above the most sacred of all Hopi sites – the Sipapuni or place of emergence. They’re also operating a few dirty coal plants to help Peabody Coal sap what little is left of the Hopi Aquifer. But I digress…

The Sipapuni or place of emergence of the Hopi is described as a reed – a plant that is also mentioned prominently in ancient Egpytian, Sumerian, and Toltec myth among many others. Interestingly reeds are also mentioned in the Bible, as Moses was set adrift on a reed raft. “Places of reeds” are regarded by many cultures including the ancient Egyptians and Maya as places of gathering, higher learning and/or mysticism. Reed rafts are described as the primary means of escape for many ancient cultures from the last world-wide deluge, which may explain why the Uros people of Lake Titicaca straddling Peru and Bolivia still live on them today.

The Hopi maintain an annual ceremonial calendar not only to petition for help with their crops, but to maintain the balance and rotation of the earth and the existence of all humanity. The Hopi refer to this balance as Lomakatsi. We are currently living in a time of unbalance which the Hopi refer to as Kyaanisqatsi or “life out of balance.” According to two Hopi prophecies, things may get a bit dicey soon as our life out of balance continues and a choice is made.

Two Life Paths of Hopi Life Plan
Two Life Paths of Hopi Life Plan

Hopi prophecy is known as the “Life Plan” and marked on what is known as “Prophecy Rock.” As the glyph indicates there is a point at which choices will be made and humanity will split – some choosing the path of the good Masaaw, others a materialistic life. Those choosing the latter will find life difficult and unbearable, and many will perish. Those choosing a life in harmony with the earth and the good Masaaw will live to old age. This split of humanity is shown in the far right side of the glyph, where the “two hearts” following the upper path find a bumpy road ahead, and those in harmony with the earth live long and peacefully – depicted by an old man with a staff on the bottom path.

Many also refer to the Hopi White Feather or Blue Star Prophecy in which 8 of 9 prophesied signs have come to pass, the last being the appearance of a celestial object falling from the sky followed by the appearance of a blue star. According to this prophecy, when the blue star appears a ceremonial Hopi kachina dancer will remove his mask and all ceremonies of the Hopi people will stop abruptly. When the spiritual ceremonies of the Hopi cease it’s time to get your affairs in order, as earth cataclysms and purification are following close behind. Though quite different, there are some similarities between aspects of the impending purification and those of what Westerners know as “armageddon” from the Bible.

While some liken the appearance of a blue star to the comet noted in the 6th prophecy of the Maya, many also see similarities with the Wormwood Prophecy from the Bible. According to the Bible Wormwood will appear bringing fire down on rivers and streams and making a third of the earth’s waters “bitter” in a manner that is deadly to humans. Oddly the Hopi and Maya both see this era meeting a fire-related end as well, and considering the damage we are doing to our water supply with fracking chemicals and GMO pesticides we could see Wormwood any day now.

For some reason the Vatican has taken interest in the American Southwest, positioning a high-powered telescope in the hills of Southern Arizona of all places – just south of the Hopi. The telescope is named “Lucifer” and like its namesake it is condemned to face the heavens for eternity. Is it looking for the blue star of the Hopi? Perhaps it’s time we all started paying more attention to the heavens, and to the Hopi.

It is clear that there is much we could learn from the Hopi and other indigenous ancestors of the ancient ones. Indigenous peoples like the Hopi may hold the key to understanding our past, yet we continue ignoring the wisdom of their oral traditions in favor of disposable written words and special interests. These people are our greatest natural resource and not only have we ignored them, we have made them prisoners of war for 500 years. Perhaps we are directed away from our indigenous brothers and sisters for a purpose. After all, if we took time to think beyond the veneer forest we’ve created we might understand our existence as the Hopi do: Understanding that the Creator has provided all the necessary resources needed by all living beings to co-exist here, including the means by which the human race can achieve a happy, healthy and self-sustaining life. That’s not profitable, it’s perfect.


*Much of the above and additional research you will find on the Hopi is clan-specific, as are most of their traditions. The best way to learn more about the Hopi is to go visit these wonderful people and experience their way of life for yourself. Our friend Bertram Tsavadawa is one of several guides who will take great care of you!

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