A Hopi Prophecy
North American Indian Prophecies
Talk Given by Lee Brown
Tanana Valley Fairgrounds
There was the cycle of the mineral, the rock.
There was the cycle of the plant. And now we are
in the cycle of the animals coming to the end
of that and beginning the cycle of the human being.
When we get into the cycle of the human being,
the highest and greatest powers that we have will
be released to us.
They will be released from that light or soul
that we carry to the mind. But right now we're
coming to the end of the animal cycle and we have
investigated ourselves and learned what it is
to be like an animal on this earth.
At the beginning of this cycle of time, long
ago, the Great Spirit came down and He made an
appearance and He gathered the peoples of this
earth together they say on an island which is
now beneath the water and He said to the human
beings, "I'm going to send you to four directions
and over time I'm going to change you to four
colors, but I'm going to give you some teachings
and you will call these the Original Teachings
and when you come back together with each other
you will share these so that you can live and
have peace on earth, and a great civilization
will come about."
And he said, "During the cycle of time I'm
going to give each of you two stone tablets. When
I give you those stone tablets, don't cast those
upon the ground. If any of the brothers and sisters
of the four directions and the four colors cast
their tablets on the ground, not only, will human
beings have a hard time, but almost the earth
itself will die."
And so he gave each of us a responsibility and
we call that the Guardianship.
To the Indian people, the red people, he gave
the Guardianship of the earth. We were to learn
during this cycle of time the teachings of the
earth, the plants that grow from the earth, the
foods that you can eat, and the herbs that are
healing so that when we came back together with
the other brothers and sisters we could share
this knowledge with them. Something good was to
happen on the earth.
To the South, he gave the yellow race of people
the Guardianship of the wind. They were to learn
about the sky and breathing and how to take that
within ourselves for spiritual advancement. They
were to share that with is at this time.
To the West He gave the black race of people the
Guardianship of the water. They were to learn
the teachings of the water which is the chief
of the elements, being the most humble and the
To the North He gave the white race of people
the Guardianship of the fire. If you look at the
center of many of the things they do you will
find the fire. They say a light bulb is the white
man's fire. If you look at the center of a car
you will find a spark. If you look at the center
of the airplane and the train you will find the
fire. The fire consumes, and also moves. This
is why it was the white brothers and sisters who
began to move upon the face of the earth and reunite
us as a human family.
And so a long time passed, and the Great Spirit
gave each of the four races two stone tablets.
Ours are kept at the Hopi Reservation in Arizona
at Four Corners Area on 3rd Mesa.
I talked to people from the black race and their
stone tablets are at the foot of Mount Kenya.
They are kept by the Kukuyu Tribe.
I once had the honor of presenting a sacred pipe
at the Kukuyu Tribe carved from the red pipe stone
of Mount Kenya. I was at an Indian spiritual gathering
about 15 years ago. A medicine man from South
Dakota put a beaded medicine wheel in the middle
of the gathering. It had the four colors from
the four directions; He asked the people, "Where
is this from?" They said, "Probably
Montana, or South Dakota, maybe Seskatchewan."
He said, "This is from Kenya." It was
beaded just like ours, with the same color.
The stone tablets of the yellow race of people
are kept by the Tibetans, in Tibet. If you went
straight through the Hopi Reservation to the other
side of the world, you would come out in Tibet.
The Tibetan word for "sun" is the Hopi
word for "moon" and the Hopi word for
"sun" is the Tibetan word for "moon".
The guardians of the traditions of the people
of Europe are the Swiss. In Switzerland, they
still have a day when each family brings out its
mask. They still know the colors of the families,
they still know the symbols, some of them. I went
to school with some people from Switzerland at
the University of Washington and they shared this
Each of these four peoples happen to be people
that live in the mountains.
In 1976 America had its bicentennial celebrating
200 years of freedom. Some of the Native people
thought this was significant and they carried
a sacred pipe bundle from the West Coast to the
East Coast of this land.
They said that the roads of this land should
either go North-South or East-West. If they went
North-South we would come together as brothers
and sisters, but if they went East-West there
would be destruction and almost the earth itself
would have a hard time. So you all know the roads
They said then things would be lost from the East
to the West and from the South to the North and
that they would come back again from the West
to the East and from the North to the South.
So nine years ago in 1976 from the West to East
Coast of this land, from San Francisco to Washington,
D.C. people carried a sacred pipe bundle by hand,
on foot. My aunt had dreamt 15 years ago that
people that didn't like them would throw rocks
and bottles at that pipe bundle as they carried
it across the land. And sure enough that came
about. But, as was in my aunt's dream, the rocks
only came so close and then they dropped, and
nothing touched it.
They said a spiritual fire would be lit in the
North and would come down the Northwest Coast
of this land. When it gets to the Puget Sound,
it would go inland. I think this, nine years later,
is the gathering in the North, myself. That's
why I came here. This is it. We have the capacity
to start the spiritual fire now, here. The old
people long ago saw it and foretold it and I'm
going to come to that.
So we went through this cycle of time and each
of the four races went to their directions and
they learned their teachings.
We were given a sacred handshake to show when
we came back together as brothers and sisters
that we still remembered the teachings. It was
indicated on the stone tablets that the Hopis
had that the first brothers and sisters that would
come back to them would come as turtles across
the land. They would be human beings, but they
would come as turtles.
So when the time came close the Hopis were at
a special village to welcome the turtles that
would come across the land and they got up in
the morning and looked out at the sunrise. They
looked out across the desert and they saw the
Spanish Conquistadores coming, covered in armour,
like turtles across the land. So this was them.
So they went out to the Spanish man and they extended
their hand hoping for the handshake but into the
hand the Spanish man dropped a trinket.
And so word spread throughout North America that
there was going to be a hard time, that maybe
some of the brothers and sisters had forgotten
the sacredness of all things and all the human
beings were going to suffer for this on the earth.
So tribes began to send people to the mounds to
have missions to try to figure out how they could
survive. At that time there were 100,000 cities
in the Mississippi Valley alone, called the mound
civilization: cities built on great mounds. Those
mounds are still there. If you ever go out to
Ohio or the Mississippi Valley, they're tourist
attractions now. There was 100,000 cities of Native
people and they were wondering how they could
They began to try to learn to live off the land
because they knew a hard time was going to come.
They began to send people to have visions to see
how we could survive this time.
People came on the east coast and they went across
this land to the east and they were told in the
prophecies that we should try to remind all the
people that would come here of the sacredness
of all things. If we could do that, then there
would be peace on earth. But if we did not do
that, when the roads went clear from east to west,
and when the other races and colors of the Earth
had walked clear across this land, if by that
time we had not come together as a human family,
the Great Spirit would grab the earth with his
hand and shake it.
And so if you read the treaty negotiations from
Red Jacket of the Six Nations on the east coast
of this land clear to Chief Joseph and Chief Seattle
on the west coast of this land, they all said
the same thing. Chief Joseph said, "I accord
you the right, and I hope you accord me the right,
to live in this land." Always we were trying
to live together. But instead of living together,
you all know there was separation, there was segregation.
They separated the races: they separated the Indians,
and they separated the blacks.
So when they got to the west coast of this land
the elders that were made aware of these prophecies
said they would then begin to build a black ribbon.
And on this black ribbon there would move a bug.
And when you begin to see this bug moving on the
land, that was the sign for the First Shaking
of the Earth.
The First Shaking of the Earth would be so violent
that this bug would be shaken off the earth into
the air and it would begin to move and fly in
the air. And by the end of this shaking this bug
will be in the air around the world. Behind it
would be a trail of dirt and eventually the whole
sky of the entire earth would become dirty from
these trails of dirt, and this would cause many
diseases that would get more and more complicated.
So the bug moving on the land, of course it's
easy to see now.
In 1908 the Model-T Ford was mass produced for
the first time. So the elders knew the First Shaking
of the Earth was about to come about - that's
the First World War. In the First World War the
airplane came into wide usage for the first time.
That was that bug moving into the sky. And so
they knew something very important would happen.
There would be an attempt to make peace on earth
on the west coast of this land and so the elders
began to watch for this. They began to hear that
there was going to be a League of Nations in San
Francisco so the elders gathered in Arizona around
1920 or so and they wrote a letter to Woodrow
Wilson. They asked if the Indian people could
be included in the League of Nations.
At that time the United States Supreme Court
had held that a reservation is a separate and
semi-sovereign nation, not a part of the United
States but protected by it. This became a concern
because people didn't want the reservations to
become more and more separate. They didn't want
them to be considered nations. So they did not
write back and the Native people were left out
of the League of Nations, so that circle was incomplete.
In the League of Nations circle there was a southern
door, the yellow people; there was a western door,
the black people; there was a northern door, the
white people; but the eastern door was not attended.
The elders knew that peace would not come on the
earth until the circle of humanity is complete,
until all the four colors sat in the circle and
shared their teachings, then peace would come
So they knew things would happen. Things would
speed up a little bit. There would be a cobweb
built around the earth, and people would talk
across this cobweb. When this talking cobweb,
the telephone, was built around the earth, a sign
of life would appear in the east, but it would
tilt and bring death. It would come with the sun.
But the sun itself would rise one day not in
the east but in the west. So the elders said when
you see the sun rising in the east and you see
the sign of life reversed and tilted in the east,
you know that the Great Death is to come upon
the earth, and now the Great Spirit will grab
the earth again in His hand and shake it and this
shaking will be worse than the first.
So the sign of life reversed and tilted, we call
that the Swastika, and the rising sun in the east
was the rising sun of Japan. These two symbols
are carved in stone in Arizona. When the elders
saw these two flags, these were the signs that
the earth was to be shaken again.
The worse misuse of the Guardianship of the fire
is called the "gourd of ashes". They
said the gourd of ashes will fall from the air.
It will make the people like blades of grass in
the prairie fire and things will not grow for
many seasons. I saw on television not too long
ago that they were talking about the atomic bomb,
the gourd of ashes. They said it was the best-kept
secret in the history of the United States. The
elders wanted to speak about it in 1920.
They would have spoken of it and foretold it's
coming if they could have entered into the League
The elders tried to contact President Roosevelt
and ask him not to use the gourd of ashes because
it would have a great effect on the earth and
eventually cause even greater destruction and
a the Third Shaking of the Earth, the Third World
War. I'll get to that in a few minutes.
So they knew after the Second Shaking of the
Earth when they saw the gourd of ashes fall from
the sky then there would be an attempt to make
peace on the other side of this land. And because
the peace attempt on the west coast had failed,
they would build a special house on the east coast
of this Turtle Island, and all the nations and
peoples of the earth would come to this house
and it would be called the House of Mica and it
would shine like the mica on the desert shines.
So the elders began to see they were building
the United Nations made out of glass that reflects
like the mica on the desert so they knew this
was the House of Mica and all the peoples of the
earth should go to it. So they met and talked
They said that in the 1920's they had written
and they had not been responded to, so they said
this time we better go to the front door of the
House of Mica because things might get a lot worse.
So elders representing a number of tribes I believe
drove to New York City. When the United Nations
opened they went to the front door of the House
of Mica and they said these words:
" We represent the indigenous people of North
America and we wish to address the nations of
the Earth. We're going to give you four days to
consider whether or not we will be allowed to
They retreated to one of the Six Nations Reserves
in New York State. The Six Nations Reserves are
keepers of the Great Law of Peace of the prophet
that appeared here in North America, Dagonnorida.
And this Law of Peace is still recited, it takes
four days between sunrise and noon. Each year
an Indian, by memory, must recite it about this
time of year.
Four days later they came back and I believe
the nations of the earth heard that the Indians
had come to the door. And they voted to let the
Indians in. They wanted to hear what they had
to say. But the United States is one of five nations
of the United Nations with a veto power and still
they were concerned because this time the Native
sovereignty was even stronger. And I believe they
vetoed the entrance of the Native people.
So then they knew other things would happen on
the Earth, and the United Nations would not bring
peace on earth but there would be continuing and
deepening confusion. And that the little wars
would get worse. So they retreated to the Six
Nations Reserve and they talked about this and
they said the time is really getting close now,
They said, "We're going to divide the United
States into four sections and each year we're
going to have a gathering. We're going to call
these the 'White of Peace Gatherings'." They
began to have these around 1950. And they authorized
certain men to speak in English for the first
time about these prophecies.
One that I used to listen to many times, over
and over, was Thomas Benyaka. He is a Hopi man.
I believe he is still living. He was authorized
to speak in English about what was on the stone
tablets and he has dedicated his lifetime to doing
this. And they began to tell us at these gatherings,
they said "In your lifetime you're going
to see things happen."
It was strange when they said it in the 1950's
and 1960's but now it seems very clear. But then
it was unusual. They said, "You're going
to see a time in your life when men are going
to become women. The Great Spirit is going to
make a man on the earth. He made him a man but
this man is going to say, "I know more than
the Great Spirit. I'm going to change myself to
be a woman:" And they will even nurse children.
The Great Spirit is going to make the woman on
the earth. She's going to say, "I know more
than the Great Spirit. I want to be a man. And
she will be physically a man."
They said "You're going to see a time in
your lifetime when the human beings are going
to find the blueprint that makes us." They
call that now, DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid. They
said, "They re going to cut this blueprint."
They call that now, genetic splicing.
And they said, "They're going to make new
animals upon the earth, and they're going to think
these are going to help us. And it's going to
seem like they do help us. But maybe the grandchildren
and greatgrandchildren are going to suffer."
They are making new animals. The elders talked
about this. They said, "You will see new
animals, and even the old animals will come back,
animals that people thought had disappeared. They
will find them here and there. They'll begin to
They said (and I know many of you are from tribes
that also have this prophecy, "You're going
to see a time when the eagle will fly its highest
in the night and it will land upon the moon."
Some tribes say the eagle will circle the moon.
Some tribes say the eagle will fly it's highest
in the night. "And at that time," they
say, "Many of the Native people will be sleeping,"
which symbolically means they have lost their
teachings. There are some tribes that say it will
be as if they are frozen: they've been through
the long winter.
But they say, "When the eagle flies it's
highest in the night, that will be the first light
of a new day. That will be the first thawing of
spring." Of course, at the first light of
a new day, if you've stayed up all night, you
notice it's really dark. And the first light,
you want to see it, but you can't. It sneaks up
on you. You want to see it change but it's dark
and then pretty soon it's getting light before
you know it.
We're at that time now. The Eagle has landed
on the moon, 1969. When that spaceship landed
they sent back the message, "The Eagle has
landed." Traditionally, Native people from
clear up in the Inuit region, they have shared
with us this prophecy, clear down to the Quechuas
in South America. They shared with us that they
have this prophecy. When they heard those first
words, "The Eagle has landed," they
knew that was the start of a new time and a new
power for Native people. There was absolutely
nothing strong before us now. We may do anything
In 1776 when the United States Government printed
the dollar, in one claw [of the eagle], if you've
ever noticed, there is an olive branch in this
claw. They said that represented peace. The Indian
elders shared with me in South Dakota that to
them that represents the enslavement of black
In the prophecies of the Six Nations people they
say there will be two great uprisings by black
people to free themselves. We've seen one about
1964. There will be a second, more violent one
to come. I'll get back to what that means in a
minute. In the other claw is 13 arrows. The founding
fathers of the United States said that represents
the 13 States. But the elders say that represents
the enslavement of the Native people.
When the Eagle landed on the moon, they decided
to print a special silver dollar to commemorate
that. I don't know how many of you noticed it.
The original design showed the spaceship landing
on the moon but at the last minute it was changed
to an actual eagle. And in the eagle's claws is
the olive branch, but the arrows are gone. The
elders said, "That's our prophecy, we have
There was one more uprising coming for the black
race of people and then they will be released
and this is also going to have an effect on Native
people, a good effect. There's a whole new set
of prophecies from the Iroquois people about that
and I won't have time to go into that this morning.
But we're in that time now. We're between the
first light of a new day and the sunrise. The
sunrise is about to come and when it comes up
everyone is going to see it. But you know how
it is in the village there's a few people that
get up early, and there are some that sleep until
noon. I'm probably one of those that sleeps until
noon. They said when that Eagle lands on the moon,
the powers will begin to come back to us.
Within seven days of the time the Eagle landed
on the moon, the Freedom of Indian Religion Act
was introduced into the United States Congress.
The legislation was introduced in 1969, less than
seven days after the Eagle landed on the moon.
Eventually it was passed in November of 1978,
signed by President Carter. These are the physical
manifestations of the spiritual prophecies that
So he said at this time you're going to see that
things will speed up, that people on the earth
will move faster and faster. Grandchildren will
not have time for grandparents. Parents will not
have time for children. It will seem like time
is going faster and faster. The elders advised
us that as things speed up, you yourself should
slow down. The faster things go, the slower you
go. Because there's going to come a time when
the earth is going to be shaken a third time.
The Great Spirit has been shaking the earth two
times: the First and Second World Wars to remind
us that we are a human family, to remind us that
we should have greeted each other as brothers
and sisters. We had a chance after each shaking
to come together in a circle that would have brought
peace on earth, but we missed that.
Tonight they were talking on the news about the
sign for the Third Shaking of the Earth. I heard
it while sitting in the airport after I missed
my plane. They said they're going to build what
the elders called the "house in the sky".
In the 1950's they talked about this: they will
build a house and throw it in the sky. When you
see people living in the sky on a permanent basis,
you will know the Great Spirit is about to grab
the earth, this time not with one hand, but with
Many of you of Native background may have heard
"the spirits will warn you twice, but the
third time you stand alone." We've had two
warnings, the first two World Wars, but now we
stand alone in the third one. As it says in the
Baha'i Writings, there will be no-one protected.
When this house is in the sky, the Great Spirit
is going to shake the Earth a third time and whoever
dropped that gourd of ashes, upon them it is going
They say at that time there will be villages
in this land so great that when you stand in the
villages you will not be able to see out, and
in the prophecies these are called "villages
of stone", or "prairies of stone".
And they said the stone will grow up from the
ground and you will not be able to see beyond
the village. At the center of each and every one
of these villages will be Native people, and they
will walk as "hollow" shells upon a
"prairie of stone". They said "hollow
shells" which means they will have lost any
of their traditional understandings; they will
be empty within.
They said after the Eagle lands on the moon some
of these people will begin to leave these "prairies
of stone" and come home and take up some
of the old ways and begin to make themselves reborn,
because it's a new day. But many will not. And
they said there's going to come a time when in
the morning the sun is going to rise and this
village of stone will be there, and in the evening
there would just be steam coming from the ground.
They will be as steam. And in the center of many
of those villages of stone when they turn to steam,
the Native people will turn to steam also because
they never woke up and left the village.
And this used to bother me when I was a young
man. I used to ask the elders, "Isn't there
anything we can do?" And they said, well,
it's just that way that if a person does not have
the spiritual eyes to see, it's very hard to show
them. Or if they don't have the ears to hear,
it's very hard to speak with them. We wish that
we could go get them all but we can't. It's just
that some are not going to wake up. But some will
And so they say there's going to be the Third
Shaking of the Earth. It's not going to be a good
thing to see but we will survive it. We will survive
it. And when we survive it, then there's going
to be another attempt to make a circle of the
human beings on the earth.
And this time the Native people will not have
to petition to join but will be invited to enter
the circle because they say the attitude towards
us will have changed by then, and people will
let us into the circle and all the four colors
of the four directions will share their wisdom,
and there will be a peace on earth. This is coming
A lot of times when I share this message of the
prophecies, people say, "Can't we change
it? Could we stop it?"
The answer is yes.
The prophecies are always "either/or".
We could have come together way back there in
1565, and we could have had a great civilization,
but we didn't. Always along the path of these
prophecies, we could have come together. We still
could. If we could stop the racial and religious
disharmony, we would not have to go through this
The elders say the chance of that is pretty slim.
It seems to me like it's pretty slim, too. But
they say what we can do is we can "cushion"
it. The word we use is "cushion". We
can cushion it so it won't be quite as bad. How
do we do this? We do this by sharing the teaching
that will reunite us.
The Hopis in their prophecies say there will
be a religion that comes here. Maybe it will be
true and bring unity, or maybe it will not be
true and not bring unity. If it does not bring
unity, a second religion will come, and the people
of this religion are known in the Hopi language
as the Bahani, the people of Baha. Ni means "people
When I heard about these [prophecies], none of
them made any sense. Now most of it has come to
pass. Last I heard on the news, they said the
"house in the sky" will be put up in
1996. It was going to be put up sooner, but it's
been postponed for four years. Maybe it will be
postponed again. But in not too long it's going
to go up. The earth as we know it is going to
Each of us carry, I believe, a sacred drop of
But now we're going into the human world. The
mind is going to be opened up to the radiance
of our own soul and the cycle of the human beings
is going to come back, and something so good is
going to happen on the earth that it cannot even
The elders say it in different ways. They say,
there will be grass at that time when they make
that circle and bring the peace on earth. There
will be blades of grass that have not quite come
through the earth. Even they will try to push
themselves up to be part of that day when the
You know, one time the scientist came to the
Hopis and they said, "We want to take a piece
of the stone tablets." They said "We
want to take the stone tablets to a scientific
laboratory to determine how old they are."
The Hopis said, "We know how old they are".
Well, the scientists said, "We want to confirm
it." Well, the Hopis let them take a little
piece, and they did that by the carbon dating
Editor's Note: This puzzles me, as stone cannot
be carbon dated. Carbon 14 is taken in by organic
life until the moment of death. Then the Carbon
14 is slowly released by that organic material
and the rate of release can be calculated. Half-life
computations tell the age of the tested material.
Stone is not organic.
They found these tablets were at least 10,000
years old, maybe 50,000. So when I say, "Thousands
of years ago, there were Native people that spoke
of these things," that's exactly what I mean.
They told their children and thousands of years
ago, their children grew up and told their children,
and then their children grew up and told their
children. And they spoke about the people that
will live in this time.
And now it is us. We are the ones they spoke
of long ago. They say to be alive, to come into
creation and to live upon the earth at this time
is a great honor.
In the cycle of time, from the beginning to the
end, this time we are in now will change the purification
of all things. They say this is the hardest time
to live, but it is also the greatest honor to
be alive to live and see this.
In the state of Washington in 1855 they signed
treaties and made 22 Indian reservations. They
wanted to do it before there were problems. They
thought they were advanced at the time, they had
learned from what had happened elsewhere. They
made 22 Indian reservations and the elders spoke
in 1855 and they said, "We're going to become
weaker, and you are going to become stronger,
and if you wish to break these treaties, you may
do so." They said, "But there's going
to come a time when the earth itself will rise
up and purify itself and this will be announced.
It will be announced by the speaking of more
than 16 Great Ones on the West Coast of this land.
And when the 16 Great Ones speak, the purification
will have begun. There was a new [?] five years
ago when Mt. Saint Helens, one of the 16 great
volcanoes on the West Coast of this land, "spoke".
The Seattle Times did a special interest story.
They went over to Watson Totus and Woodrow Bill.
It was Woodrow Bill's son that made this hoop
that I brought here today, my good brother Randolf
Bill. They asked Watson Totus and Woodrow Bill
as spiritual people of the Yakuma nation, "What
does this mean?" What they said was so profound
that they didn't put it on page 16, they put it
on the front page of the Seattle Times.
They said, "This means that the races and
nations of the earth should slow down and come
together and talk to each other." That's
exactly what it meant. And we had four years and
four days to do that.
Four years and four days later, Mt. Saint Helens
erupted the second time. That was last spring,
just about this time. That was our grace period.
We could have still done something really good.
But now things are going to speed up. Now things
are going to really happen fast. Time is going
to go so fast.
The more we share the Message, the more we will
cushion the Third Shaking of the Earth, and the
easier it will be on ourselves and others.
We are now within the purification of all things.
Non-Natives call this the "Apocalypse".
The Native elders call this the "Purification".
But don't despair. It sounds terrible, but we
will survive it. We will live through it. I don't
think there's anyone chosen to live through it,
but some people will.
So, in closing I would like to call on each and
every person, regardless of who you are, young
or old, Native or non-Native, to arise now, and
to awake, to embrace this time, to learn everything
you can about the Teachings and the Writings,
to arise and awake and go forth, all the peoples
of the earth.
Peoples everywhere are now receptive to the Message.
This year is the year when that is really going
to start, I believe, myself. Arise and awake.
There's people out there waiting to hear, waiting
to hear... waiting to hear...