by Ellen Lloyd
The Austrian J.F Blumrich - a friend of the White Bear, an
old and wise member of the Hopi Tribal Council - documented some of
the Hopi's beliefs.
He also had an interesting dialogue with the White Bear. During this
conversation, the White Bear revealed astonishing secrets regarding
the legendary Kachinas (Kyakyapchina).
The Hopi Indians are an American culture consisting of about 5000
inhabitants living in Arizona. The Hopi consider their land to be
They received the land from the "Great Spirit" and it is their duty
to guard and take care of the land. Although the Hopi do not possess
any written records of their ancient myths and legends, they have,
thanks to oral traditions managed to preserve the knowledge of their
In ancient times when the Hopi did not know the art of writing, all
the knowledge of their origin was kept in the mind of the oldest and
most intelligent man or woman in the tribe.
Therefore, when this person died a lot of valuable information was
Hopi, which means "peace", are usually reluctant to share
their beliefs with strangers.
According to the Hopi, the Kachinas were no gods
but they could be described as
The gods sent them and
their mission was to teach, defend, and watch over the Hopi.
The Kachinas were real physical beings of flesh and blood, and they
looked just like ordinary humans. They came from a distant planet
the Hopi called Tóonáotakha, located outside our solar
used flying vehicles to move around
on Earth, or when they traveled back to their home planet.
These flying machines had different size and names. One of them was
called "Páatoówa ".
This object was used to fly above the water. Furthermore, their
crafts were extremely fast and the Kachinas could conquer immense
distances in space during only a few seconds.
Just like other sky gods in various cultures around the world, the
Kachinas were also responsible for creating the Man. The Hopi
Indians tell that humans were created under mysterious
circumstances. Chosen women got pregnant without having any
This reminds us
immediately of how Maria became pregnant and Jesus Christ
One of the Hopi civilization's most interesting petroglyphs is
called the "Star-blower".
It tells a story of how
the Hopi's ancestors, the Kachinas, had visited various worlds and
traveled through endless space before they finally reached the
This petroglyph also
depicts several strange and unearthly figures, of which symbolism is
difficult to understand for people outside the Hopi tribe.
Hopi ancestors witnessed
shields in the skies over Palitkwapi - The 'Red City'
There is no doubt that
the Kachinas played an essential role in the daily and religious
life of the Hopi.
They influenced the
Indians to such an extent that they even today perform traditional
dances to honor their ancient Kachina visitors. The Hopi are not the
only ones, who believe in the Kachinas.
Other Indian tribes such as
Navajo and Zuni Indians share the same beliefs. The Hopi
manufacture small dolls looking like the Kachinas and give them to
the children so they will not be scared when the Kachinas come back
The Hopi are convinced that their ancestors will return.
Although the Hopi elders are reluctant to share the details of the
legend, the petroglyphs, nevertheless, show strange beings
performing an extraordinary ritual.