by Frank Waters
December 31, 1993
Source: Book of The Hopi
DAN EVEHEMA, HOPI ELDER:
The liberators will come in from the
west with great force. They will drop down from the sky like rain.
They will have no mercy. We must not get on the house tops to watch.
They will shake us by our ears,
like children who have been bad. This will be the final decisive
battle between good and evil.
This battle will cleanse the heart of people and restore our Mother
Earth from illness, and the
wicked will be gotten rid of.
The final stage, called The Great Day of Purification, has been
described as a Mystery Egg in which
the forces of the Swastika and the Sun plus a third force symbolized
by the color red culminate either
in total rebirth or total annihilation; we don't know which. But the
choice is yours; war and natural
catastrophe may be involved. The degree of violence will be
determined by the degree of inequity
caused among the peoples of the world and in the balance of nature.
GENERAL HOPI PROPHECY
That time is not far off. It will come when the
Star) Kachina dances in the plaza and removes his mask. He
represents a blue star, far off and yet invisible, which will make
its appearance soon. The time is foretold by a song sung during the
It was sung in 1914 just before World War I, and
again in 1940 before World War II, describing the disunity,
corruption, and hatred contaminating Hopi rituals, which were
followed by the same evils spreading over the world. This same song
was sung in 1961 during the Wuwuchim ceremony.
World War III will be started by those peoples who first revealed
the light (the divine wisdom or intelligence) in the other old
countries (India, China, Islamic Nations, Africa.)
The Great Chieftain of the Bow Clan led the faithful ones to this
new land, but he fell into evil ways. His two sons scolded him for
his mistake, and after he died they assumed the responsibilities of
leadership. Each brother was given a set of Tiponi, and both were
instructed to carry them to a place to which the Great Spirit
directed them. The elder brother [of the shining light] was told to
go immediately to the east, toward the rising sun, and upon reaching
his destination to start back immediately to look for his younger
brother, who remained on Turtle Island [the Continental United
States of America].
His mission was to help his younger brother to
bring about the Purification Day, at which time all evildoers would
be punished or destroyed, after which real peace, brotherhood, and
everlasting life would be established. The elder brother would
restore all land to his younger brother, from whom the Evil one
among the white men had taken it.
The elder brother [of the shining
light] also would come to look for the Tiponi tablets and fulfill
the mission given him by the Great Spirit.
The younger brother was instructed to travel throughout the land and
mark his footsteps as he went about. Both brothers were told that a
great white star would appear in the sky; when that happened, all
people would know that the elder brother had reached his destination.
Thereupon all people were to settle wherever they happened to be at
that time, there to remain until the elder brother returned.
The Hopi settled in the area now known as Four Corners, where the
state lines of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.
lived in humble simplicity and the land produced abundant crops.
This area is the "heart" of Turtle Island [the U.S.] and of Mother
Earth, and it is the microcosmic image of the macrocosm of the
entire planet. Each Hopi clan perpetuates a unique ceremony, and the
ceremonies together maintain the balance of natural forces of
sunlight, rain and winds, and reaffirm the Hopi respect for all life
and trust in the Great Spirit.
It is said that after many years the elder brother might change the
color of his skin, but his hair will remain black. He will have the
ability to write, and he will be the only person able to read the
Tiponi. When he returns to find his younger brother, the Tiponi will
be placed side by side to show all the world that they are true
brothers. Then great judgment will take place, for the elder will
help the younger brother to obtain real justice for all Indian
brothers who have been cruelly mistreated by the white man since he
came to Turtle Island.
The transformed elder brother, the True White Brother, will wear a
red cloak or a red cap, similar to the pattern on the back of a
horned toad. He will bring no religion but his own, and will bring
with him the Tiponi tablets. He will be all-powerful; none will be
able to stand against him. He will come swiftly, and in one day gain
control of this entire continent.
It is said,
"If he comes from the
East, the destruction will not be so bad. But if he comes from the
West, do not get up on your housetops to see because he will have no
The True White Brother will bring with him two great, intelligent
and powerful helpers, one of whom will have a sign of a swastika (a
masculine symbol of purity), and the sign of the sun. The second
great helper will have the sign of a Celtic cross with red lines (representing
female life blood) between the arms of the cross.
When the Great Purification is near, these helpers will shake the
earth first for a short time in preparation. After they shake the
earth two times more, they will be joined by the True White Brother,
who will become one with them and bring the Purification Day to the
world. All three will help the "younger brother" (the
Hopi and other
pure-hearted people) to make a better world. In the prophecies, the
two helpers are designated by the Hopi word for "population," as if
they were large groups of people.
Hopi prophecy states that World War III will be started by the
people who first received the Light -- China, Palestine,
Africa. When the war comes, the United States will be destroyed by "gourds
of ashes" which will fall to the ground, boiling the rivers and
burning the earth, where no grass will grow for many years, and
causing a disease that no medicine can cure. This can only mean
nuclear or atomic bombs; no other weapon causes such effects.
shelters will be useless, for,
"Those who are at peace in their
hearts already are in the Great Shelter of Life. There is no shelter
for evil. When the Saquahuh (blue Star) Kachina dances in the plaza
and removes his mask, the time of the great trial will be here."
Hopi believe that only they will be saved.
The Hopi also have prophesied that,
"Turtle Island could turn over
two or three times and the oceans could join hands and meet the
This seems to be a prophecy of a "pole shift" -- a flipping,
of the planet on its axis. The Hopi call this imminent condition --
and that of society today -- "Koyaanisqatsi", which means "world out
of balance... a state of life that calls for another way."
The following extraordinary Hopi prophecy was first published in a
mimeographed manuscript that circulated among several Methodist and
Presbyterian churches in 1959. Some of the prophecies were published
in 1963 by Frank Waters in
The Book of the Hopi. The account begins
by describing how, while driving along a desert highway one hot day
in the summer of 1958, a minister named David Young stopped to offer
a ride to an Indian elder, who accepted with a nod.
After riding in
silence for several minutes, the Indian said:
"I am White Feather, a
Hopi of the ancient Bear Clan. In my long
life I have traveled through this land, seeking out my brothers, and
learning from them many things full of wisdom. I have followed the
sacred paths of my people, who inhabit the forests and many lakes in
the east, the land of ice and long nights in the north, and the
places of holy altars of stone built many years ago by my brothers'
fathers in the south. From all these I have heard the stories of the
past, and the prophecies of the future. Today, many of the
prophecies have turned to stories, and few are left -- the past
grows longer, and the future grows shorter.
"And now White Feather is dying. His sons have all joined his
ancestors, and soon he too shall be with them. But there is no one
left, no one to recite and pass on the ancient wisdom. My people
have tired of the old ways -- the great ceremonies that tell of our
origins, of our emergence into the Fourth World, are almost all
abandoned, forgotten, yet even this has been foretold. The time
"My people await Pahana,
the lost White Brother, [from the stars] as
do all our brothers in the land. He will not be like the white men
we know now, who are cruel and greedy. We were told of their coming
long ago. But still we await Pahana.
"He will bring with him the symbols, and the missing piece of that
sacred tablet now kept by the elders, given to him when he left,
that shall identify him as our True White Brother.
"The Fourth World shall end soon, and the Fifth World will begin.
This the elders everywhere know. The Signs over many years have been
fulfilled, and so few are left.
"This is the First Sign: We are told
of the coming of the white-skinned men, like Pahana, but not living
like Pahana men who took the land that was not theirs. And men who
struck their enemies with thunder.
"This is the Second Sign: Our lands will see the coming of spinning
wheels filled with voices. In his youth, my father saw this prophecy
come true with his eyes -- the white men bringing their families in
wagons across the prairies."
"This is the Third Sign: A strange beast like a buffalo but with
great long horns, will overrun the land in large numbers. These
White Feather saw with his eyes -- the coming of the white men's
"This is the Fourth Sign: The land will be crossed by snakes of
"This is the Fifth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed by a giant
"This is the Sixth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed with rivers
of stone that make pictures in the sun."
"This is the Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea turning black,
and many living things dying because of it."
"This is the Eight Sign: You will see many youth, who wear their
hair long like my people, come and join the tribal nations, to learn
their ways and wisdom.
"And this is the Ninth and Last Sign: You will hear of a
dwelling-place in the heavens, above the earth, that shall fall with
a great crash. It will appear as a blue star. Very soon after this,
the ceremonies of my people will cease.
"These are the Signs that
great destruction is coming. The world shall rock to and fro. The
white man will battle against other people in other lands -- with
those who possessed the first light of wisdom. There will be many
columns of smoke and fire such as White Feather has seen the white
man make in the deserts not far from here. Only those which come
will cause disease and a great dying. Many of my people,
understanding the prophecies, shall be safe. Those who stay and
live in the places of my people also shall be safe. Then there
will be much to rebuild. And soon - very soon afterward - Pahana will
return. He shall bring with him the dawn of the Fifth World. He
shall plant the seeds of his wisdom in their hearts. Even now the
seeds are being planted. These shall smooth the way to the Emergence
into the Fifth World.
"But White Feather shall not see it. I am old and dying. You -
perhaps will see it. In time, in time..."
The old Indian fell silent.
They had arrived at his destination, and Reverend David Young stopped to let him out of the car. They never
met again. Reverend Young died in 1976, so he did not live to see
the further fulfillment of this remarkable prophecy.
On August 7, 1970, a spectacular
UFO sighting was witnessed by
dozens of people and photographed by Chuck Roberts of the Prescott (Arizona) "Courier".
This sighting occurred after a "UFO calling" by
Paul Solem and
several Hopi Indians. This sighting was interpreted by some Hopis as
being a partial fulfillment of a certain Hopi prophecy given by the
Great Spirit Maasau and inscribed on Second Mesa, warning of the
coming of Purification Day, when the true Hopi will be flown to
other planets in "ships without wings."
According to Hopi belief, the survivors of the Great Deluge
thousands of years ago split up into four groups that moved north,
south, east and west. Only one group completed their journey - to
the North Pole and back - under the guidance of a brilliant "star"
in which the Great Spirit Maasau traveled.
When he landed, he drew a petroglyph on Second Mesa, showing a maiden (with the traditional
"butterfly" hair arrangement) riding in a wingless, dome-shaped
craft. The petroglyph signified the coming Day of Purification when
the true Hopi will fly to other planets in "ships without wings."
Near Oraibi, Arizona, there is a petroglyph known as Prophecy Rock
which symbolizes many Hopi prophecies.
Its interpretation is:
The large human figure on the left is the Great Spirit. The bow in
his left hand represents his instructions to the Hopi to lay down
their weapons. The vertical line to the right of the Great Spirit is
a time scale in thousands of years. The point at which the great
Spirit touches the line is the time of his return.
The "life path" established by the Great Spirit divides into the
lower, narrow path of continuous Life in harmony with nature and the
wide upper road of white man's scientific achievements. The bar
between the paths, above the cross, is the coming of white men; the
Cross is that of Christianity. The circle below the cross represents
the continuous Path of Life.
The four small human figures on the upper road represent, on one
level, the past three worlds and the present; on another level, the
figures indicate that some of the Hopi will travel the white man's
path, having been seduced by its glamour.
The two circles on the lower Path of Life are the "great shaking of
the earth" (World Wars One and Two). The swastika in the sun and the
Celtic cross represent the two helpers of Pahana, the True White
The short line that returns to the straight Path of Life is the last
chance for people to turn back to nature before the upper road
disintegrates and dissipates. The small circle above the Path of
Life, after the last chance, is the Great Purification, after which
corn will grow in abundance again when the Great Spirit returns. And
the Path of Life continues forever...
The Hopi shield in the lower right corner symbolizes the Earth and
the Four-Corners area where the Hopi have been reserved. The arms of
the cross also represent the four directions in which they migrated
according to the instructions of the Great Spirit.
The dots represent the four colors of Hopi corn, and the four racial
colors of humanity.