PROPHECIES OF THE HOPI
Dan Katchongva (1865-1972), Hopi Primary Source:
Excerpts, The Hopi Story: Teachings, History,
and Prophecies of the Hopi People: as told by
Dan Katchongva, Sun Clan. Translated by Danagyumptewa
This talk was recorded on 1/29/70 and was published
because Mr. Katchongva hoped that those causing
this tragedy could not persist if they had an
idea of the purpose behind Hopi resistance to
foreign control. Dan agreed to the publication
of this booklet on condition that it never be
sold, insisting that to sell Hopi teachings would
be like selling his own mother. In addition to
the prophecies fulfilled during his lifetime,
Dan was told by his father that he would live
to see the beginning of the final event of this
era, the Great Day of Purification. Dan Katchongva
died in 1972.
Arrival of Another Race Foretold Time passed
on, people passed on, and the prophecies of things
to come were passed from mouth to mouth. The stone
tablets and the rock writing of the life plan
were often reviewed by the elders. Fearfully they
waited as they retold the prophecy that one day
another race of people would appear in their midst
and claim our land as his own. He would try to
change our pattern of life. He would have a sweet
tongue or a forked tongue and many good things
by which we would be tempted. He would use force
in an attempt to trap us into using weapons, but
we must not fall for this trick, for then we ourselves
would be brought to our knees, from which we might
not be able to rise. Nor must we ever raise our
hand against any nation. We now call these people
The Forces of Purification We have teachings
and prophecies informing us that we must be alert
for the signs and omens which will come about
to give us courage and strength to stand on our
beliefs. Blood will flow. Our hair and our clothing
will be scattered upon the earth. Nature will
speak to us with its mighty breath of wind. There
will be earthquakes and floods causing great disasters,
changes in the seasons and in the weather, disappearance
of wildlife, and famine in different forms. There
will be gradual corruption and confusion among
the leaders and the people all over the world,
and wars will come about like powerful winds.
All of this has been planned from the beginning
of creation. We will have three people standing
behind us, ready to fulfill our prophecies when
we get into hopeless difficulties: the Moha Symbol
(which refers to a plant that has a long root,
milky sap, grows back when cut off, and has a
flower shaped like a swastika, symbolizing the
four great forces of nature in motion), the Sun
Symbol, and the Red Symbol. Bahanna's intrusion
into the Hopi way of life will set the Moha symbol
in motion, so that the four great forces of nature
(the four directions, the controlling forces,
the original force) will rock the world into war.
When this happens we will know that our prophecies
are coming true. We will gather strength and stand
firm. This great movement will fall, but because
its subsistence is milk, and because it is controlled
by the four forces of nature, it will rise again
to put the world in motion, creating another war,
in which both the Moha and the Sun Symbol will
be at work. [My note: apparently referring to
the swastika-like Moha (Germany) in conjunction
with the Rising Sun (Japan)] Then it will rest
in order to rise a third time. Our prophecy foretells
that the third event will be the decisive one.
Our road plan foretells the outcome. This sacred
writing speaks the word of the Great Spirit. It
could mean the mysterious life seed with two principles
of tomorrow, indicating one, inside of which is
two. The third and last, which will it bring forth,
purification or destruction?
PROPHECIES OF THE HOPI INDIANS
The third event will depend upon the Red Symbol,
which will take command, setting the four forces
of nature (Moha) in motion for the benefit of
the Sun. When he sets these forces in motion the
whole world will shake and turn red and turn against
the people who are hindering the Hopi cultural
life. To all these people Purification Day will
come. Humble people will run to him in search
of a new world, and the equality that has been
denied them. He will come unmercifully. His people
will cover the Earth like red ants. We must not
go outside to watch. We must stay in our houses.
He will come and gather the wicked people who
are hindering the red people who were here first.
He will be looking for someone whom he will recognize
by his way of life, or by his head (the special
Hopi haircut) or by the shape of his village and
his dwellings. He is the only one who will purify
us. The Purifier, commanded by the Red Symbol,
with the help of the Sun and the Moha, will weed
out the wicked who have disturbed the way of life
of the Hopi, the true way of life on Earth. The
wicked will be beheaded and will speak no more.
This will be the Purification for all righteous
people, the Earth, and all living things on Earth.
The ills of the earth will be cured. Mother Earth
will bloom again and all people will unite into
peace and harmony for a long time to come.
But if this does not materialize, the Hopi traditional
identity will vanish due to pressure from Bahanna.
Through the white man's influence, his religions,
and the disappearance of our sacred land, the
Hopi will be doomed. This is the Universal Plan,
speaking through the Great Spirit since the dawn
of time. The Hopi have been placed on this side
of the Earth to take care of the land through
their ceremonial duties, just as other races of
people have been placed elsewhere around the Earth
to take care of her in their own ways. Together,
we hold the world in balance, revolving properly.
If the Hopi nation vanishes, the motion of the
Earth will become eccentric, the water will swallow
the land, and the people will perish. Only a brother
and a sister may be left to start a new life.
PROPHECIES OF THE HOPI INDIANS The Prophecy Rock.
The Hopi Indians have a prophetic tradition dating
back thousands of years. One of their crucial
prophecies was carved on a rock cliff in the Black
Mesa of Arizona, some 2000 years ago. This petroglyph
(as described by Sun Bear and others) depicts
the great spirit pointing to two divergent historical
paths across the era of our world (the fourth
[The above drawing is an interpretation of the
carving on Prophecy Rock. Both the drawing and
the explanation below come from Thomas Banyacya,
Hopi Elder. There are other interpretations; most
are similar to this one.]
Our Hopi history tells us that at the time of
emergence we met the spirit who owns this world.
He met us, and we asked him to be our leader.
He refused, saying that we had our own mission
to fulfill before he would consider becoming our
leader. He set this life out for us. He gave us
instructions. This is symbolized by his figure
holding the line. Now the circle at the bottom
of the drawing symbolizes the physical world and
creation. We went forth into our journeys. We
reached a certain point in time, who knows, maybe
a thousand years. There we were met by Massau’u
again. Here he gave us more instructions. To the
Hopis he gave a path of life to follow. This is
shown by the straight line that goes across. To
the white brother he gave different instructions.
The white brother went up, and the Hopis went
Now at this second meeting with Massau’u,
he told us that within the life of this current
world, there would be three phases of life where
the whole world would be shaken up. Three nations
would rise up and shake the world. This we interpret
to mean world wars. Now up at the left side we
see a symbol. This is what is painted on the Hopi
ceremonial rattles that are given to children.
The rattle symbolizes the world. The painting
on the rattle shows the symbols of the countries
that would shake the world three times. I think
that the swastika in the middle symbolizes the
German people, who had that for a symbol. They
brought the United States into the First and Second
World Wars. The sun symbol signifies the Japanese
people who brought the United States into the
Second World War. Pasivaya, an old religious leader
from Shipaulovi, told me that the third nation
to rise up would have its national symbols in
red. The people would wear red caps or red robes.
The world has been shaken up twice already. There
is one more war left.
So after the second meeting with Massau’u
the white brother went on his way, and we went
on our way, according to instructions. But it
was told that we would meet again some day, that
this white brother would come back to purify us
so that we would become one people again. So on
the top, the line means this -- it shows the journey
of this white brother. In the life of the white
peoples, they would show themselves to be clever
and gifted. They would invent many scientific
PROPHECIES OF THE HOPI INDIANS The Prophecy Rock.
So the first three figures shown on the top line
symbolize the stages of the white people, their
scientific advancement, from the carriage to the
automobile to the airplane. The circles right
underneath the figures prophesy the three gourds
of ashes that would fall on earth. The first and
second circles are interpreted to mean the bombs
that fell on Japan in WWII. The four headless
figures on top show our Hopis who have become
like the white people. These are Hopis who have
forsaken their Life Plan and who have become like
the Pahana [whites]. They have fallen for the
white way of life -- the easy life, the modern
conveniences -- and do not care for Hopi life
anymore. These Hopis will say to other Hopis to
follow their ways. Now if all Hopis fall for this
trap, then life will be like the jagged line going
up, toward the upper right corner. It will be
up and down, turmoil, earthquakes, floods, drought.
The old people say we are at this stage of life
But it is prophesied that a phase of life will
come when those Hopis who have become like the
white people will realize their wrongdoings and
attempt to join again the Hopis who are holding
on. This is symbolized by the line going down,
back to the Life Plan of the Hopis. Now if this
happens, then there will be times of unity, of
all Hopis working together. We would have then
come back to this Life Plan set out by the Great
Spirit for us. This is symbolized by the circle
and the corn. Now it is foretold that we would
meet up with Massau’u one more time as symbolized
by the figure on the right. He will judge us and,
if we are deserving to go with him, he will accept
to be the leader of the Hopis. And thereafter
we will have a happy life.
Like the Maya, Aztec, and other Native American
tribal wisdom traditions, the Hopi tell of a series
of 'worlds' which have existed. Each may be thought
of as a cycle of civilisation. A common aspect
is that we are currently in the 4th world. The
Hopi describe the demise of the other worlds as
1st world: ended when all of the volcanoes of
the world erupted and an all consuming fire engulfed
and destroyed the first world.
2nd world: ended when the poles shifted and the
earth was covered in ice. Mountains fell into
oceans and seas.
3rd world: "The third world was very corrupt
and this time it would be destroyed through water.
Taiowa sent Spider Woman to talk to the people
who still carried the Creator's song in their
hearts. She taught them how to build large boats
out of reeds.This, they did, and when their boats
were sealed, the waters began to flood the world.
The noise of the rushing waters was incredible.
Large continents sunk and broke apart into small
islands. Incredible rains fell. Then it stopped,
and there was silence. The reed boats drifted
the people over the silent waters for a long time.
When their boats finally stopped on a new coastline,
the people walked onto the dry lands for the first
time. They had emerged into the fourth world.
This is the world we are all living in today."
PROPHECIES OF THE HOPI INDIANS
The Hopi account of the end of the previous 3rd
world by a 'cleansing' by way of great flood fits
in well with Cayce and others. In fact, similar
traditions of a worldwide catastrophe exist among
peoples of all continents including Scandinavians,
Greeks, Egyptians, Hebrews, Sumerians, Babylonians,
Persians, Hindus, Fiji Islanders, Eskimos, native
North and South Americans and many other sources.
The Hopis mark the end of the 4th world as a
purge by fire (cf. Edgar Cayce above). The end
of the fourth world (called Tuwaqachi by the Hopi)
is described thus (see Book Of The Hopi, by Frank
Waters). Eventually a gourd full of 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 (atomic bomb). This would
be the sign for a certain Hopi to bring out his
teachings in order to warn the world that the
third and final event would happen soon. That
it could bring an end to all life unless people
correct themselves and their leaders in time.
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. In this crisis rich and poor will be forced
to struggle as equals in order to survive.
Some markers and signs: Before the time of the
great Purification, they will make metal roads
for iron horses and hang metal ropes in the air.
(pre-Colombian Hopi prophecy) First they will
bring back pieces of the Moon which will upset
the balance and unleash disastrous forces. (ibidem)
Near the day of the Great Purification, there
will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky
through which 'people will walk' . (ibidem) The
Purification will begin shortly after humans build
a great house in the sky (MIR and/ or new European/US
space station?). By then there will be fires everywhere
and greedy, selfish, power-mad leaders, internal