Hopi Prophecy

Hopi Prophecies
Thoma Banyacya, Hopi Elder, Presenting the Hopi Prophecy

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 Brother. 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.

For further information on the Hopi and their prophecies, please read the Techqua Ikachi newsletters published by the traditional elders of the Hopi in Hotevilla, AZ forty-five times between 1975 and 1986.  They are a rich and rare source of Hopi cultural history, teachings and prophecies that come directly from the Traditional Hopi themselves. Please click here to access the newsletters.


Following is an excellent overview of Hopi Prophecy by Tom Tarbet.  Tom spent many years studying with Hopi Elders, including Dan Katchongva, beginning in the early 1960s.  Grandfather David Monongye, editor of the traditional newsletter Techqua Ikachi even quoted from the following and attributed it to Grandfather Dan Katchongva.  This document was retrieved from the Internet in 1997.

The entire Hopi Prophecy takes many days to tell and many lifetimes to fully understand. This is a summary of some essential points:


        As caretakers of life, we affect the balance of nature to such a degree that our actions determine whether the great cycles of nature bring prosperity or disaster. Our present world is the unfoldment of a pattern we set in motion.

        Our divergence from the natural balance is traced to a point preceding the existence of our present physical form. Once we were able to appear and disappear at will, but through our own arrogance we took our powers as instruments of creation for granted, and neglected the plan of the Creator. As a consequence we became confined to our physical form, dominated by a continual struggle between our left and right sides, the left being wise and the right being clever and powerful but unwise, forgetful of our original purpose.


        This suicidal split was to govern the entire course of our history through world after world. As life resources diminish in keeping with the cycles of nature, we would try to better our situation through our own inventions, believing that any mistakes could be corrected through further inventions. Through our cleverness, most of us would lose sight of our original purpose, become involved in a world of our own design, and ultimately oppose the order of the universe itself, becoming the mindless enemy of the few who would still hold the key to survival.

        In several previous worlds the majority have advanced their technology in this way, even beyond what we know today. The consequent violations against nature and fellow humans caused severe imbalances which were resolved in the form of war, social disintegration and natural catastrophe.

        As each world reached the brink of annihilation, there remained a small minority who had managed to live in nearly complete accord with the infinite plan, as implied in the name, Hopi. Toward the final stages they would encounter signs of disintegration within, as well as enticing offers and severe threats from without, aimed toward forcing them to join the rest of the world.


        Our common ancestors were among the small group who miraculously emerged from the last world as it reached its destruction, although they too were tainted with corruption. The seeds of the crisis we face today we brought with us when we first set foot in this world.

        Upon reaching our present world, the Hopi set out on a long migration to meet the Creator in the person of Maasaw, the caretaker of this land and all the lives upon it. They followed a special pattern, however a serious omen made a separate journey necessary, in order to balance the extreme disorder anticipated for the latter days.


         A Hopi of light complexion, now called the True White Bother, left the group and traveled in the direction of the rising sun, taking with him a stone tablet which matches a similar tablet held by those who went on to meet the Maasaw at a place called Oraibi, where the present Hopi villages were established according to his instructions.

        The Hopi anticipated the arrival of a race of light-skinned people from the east, predicting many of their inventions which would serve as signs indicating stages in the unfoldment of the pattern of life the Hopi had studied from antiquity.

        It was clearly foreseen that the visitors, in their cleverness, may have lost sight of their original purpose, in which case they would be very dangerous. The Hopi were to watch for one who has not left the spiritual path, and carries the actual stone tablet.


        Through countless centuries the Hopi have previous worlds recalled in their ceremonies, our emergence into the present world, and our purpose in coming here. Periodically they have renewed their covenant with Maasaw to live the simple, humble way of life he laid out, and to preserve the balance of nature for the sake of all living things. The knowledge of world events has been handed down in secret religious societies who keep watch as each stage unfolds.

        The leaders watched especially for a series of three-world shaking events, to be accompanied by the appearance of certain symbols that describe the primordial forces that govern all life, from the sprouting of a seed to global movements such as weather, earthquakes, migrations and wars.

        The gourd rattle is a key symbol. The shaking of the gourd rattle in ceremonies means the stirring of life forces. On the rattle are drawn the ancient symbols of the swastika or meha, showing the spirals of force sprouting from a seed in four directions, surrounded by a ring of fire, showing the encircling penetration of the warmth of the sun, tawa, causing the seed to sprout and grow.

        The first two world-shaking events would involve forces portrayed by the swastika and the sun. Out of the violence and destruction of the first, the strongest elements would emerge with still greater force to produce the second event. When these actual symbols appeared, it would be clear that this stage of the prophecy was being fulfilled.


        Eventually a “gourd full fox ashes” would be invented, which if dropped from the sky, would boil the oceans and burn the land, causing nothing to grow for many years. This would be a signal for certain Hopis to reveal some of their teachings in order to warn the world that the third and final event would happen soon, and that it could bring an end to all life unless people correct themselves and their leaders in time.

        Hopi leaders now believe that the first two events were the first and second world wars, and the “gourd full fox ashes” was the atomic bomb. After the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, teachings formerly kept secret were compared and released to the world. The details presented here are part of those teachings.


        The final stage, called the Day of Purification, is described as the hatching of a “mystery egg” in which the forces of meha and tawa unite with a third force symbolized by the color red, culminating in either total rebirth or total annihilation -- we don't yet know which, but the choice is ours. War and natural catastrophe may be involved. The degree of violence will be determined by the degree fox inequity caused among the peoples of the world and in the balance of nature. In this crisis, rich and poor will be forced to struggle as equals to survive.

        That it will be very violent is now taken for granted among Traditional Hopi, but humans may still lessen the violence by correcting their treatment of nature as well as each other. Ancient spiritually based communities, such as the Hopi, must be preserved, and not forced to abandon their way of life or the resources they have vowed to protect.


        The Hopi play a key role in the survival of the human race, through their vital communion with the unseen forces that hold nature in balance, as an example of a practical alternative to the suicidal man-made system, and as a fulcrum of world events. The pattern is simple: “The whole world will shake and turn red, and turn against those who are hindering the Hopi”. The man-made system now destroying the Hopi culture is deeply involved in similar violations throughout the world. The devastating reversal predicted in the prophecies is part of the natural order. If those who thrive from that system, its money and its laws, can stop it from eliminating the Hopi way, then many may be enabled to survive the Day of Purification and enter a new age of peace. But if no one is left to continue the Hopi Way, the hope for such an age is in vain.

        The forces we must face are formidable, but the only alternative is annihilation. Yet the man-made system cannot be corrected by any means that depends on forcing others to do one's will, for that is the source of the problem. If people are to correct themselves and their leaders, the gulf between the two must be eliminated. To accomplish this, one can only rely on the energy of truth itself.

        This approach, which is the foundation of the Hopi Way, is the greatest challenge a mortal can face. Few are likely to accept it. But once peace is established on this basis, and our original way of life is allowed to flourish, we will be able to use our inventive capacity wisely, to encourage rather than threaten life, and benefit everyone rather than enrich a few at the expense of others. Concern for all living things will far surpass personal concerns, bringing greater happiness than could formerly be realized. Then all living things shall enjoy lasting harmony.