Detail of Painting of Hopi man returning home. By Homer Coayama, ‘Hopi Man Coming Home From the Field’ (From author’s collection)

Help Find the Missing Corner of the Hopi Tablet To Prove Their Creation Story: Seeking Answers in the Chapel of the Tablet, Africa

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[Editorial by Thomas O Mills, Hopi Cultural Center in Second Mesa, Arizona, USA ]

I am sometimes asked, “How can we help the Hopi People?” Having lived with the Hopi for a number of years, I can assure you that they do not need our help. They have been trying to help us, all of mankind, from the beginning of time.

A petroglyph in Mesa Verde National Park. The boxy spiral shape likely represents the sipapu, the place where the Hopi believe they emerged from the earth. ( Public Domain )

As a former manager for the Hopi Cultural Center in Second Mesa, Arizona, USA, I have always been amazed at how eager a true Hopi is willing to fast, pray, and devote his time to the well being of all races of man, no matter how terrible the Hopi have been treated.

I am sure that if the Hopi land was fertile, with running water, oil, or minerals, they would have been wiped off the face of the earth many years ago. The Guardian, Masaw who told them to settle in this location knew what he was doing. The struggle to live in this high desert area runs hard and deep in every Hopi, but still, they go forward. They could have chosen any location to settle.

If I had one wish, it would be that things could go back to the way they were before the Hopi children were taken from their parents and forced to go to public schools. I know this is very unrealistic and many of the progressive, modern Hopi lawyers, teachers, and government workers would argue this point. But I feel the old Hopi way was the perfect educational system. No child was ever left behind. Besides the childʼs real parents, they had clan relatives, aunts and uncles, Kachina guardians, and the village to fall back on. Each child was taught that it was his or herʼs responsibility to take care of the elderly, the young, the village and the fields. There were many avenues of love, training, and understanding for each child. All doors were open. Art, history, astronomy, music, religion, farming, and respect for Mother Earth; a masters class for life for each child, a complete way of living.

Yet Something is Missing

There is one item that the Hopi seek. The missing corner of the Fire Clan Tablet.

In legend, Masaw guided the Hopi across a large ocean, always traveling east, after a great flood that covered the Earth.  He gave the Hopi a small stone tablet that gave the Hopi permission to occupy this land and in doing so, proved that he existed. It is said that before he gave the stone tablet to them, he broke off the bottom left corner and told them he was going to take the corner back with him across the ocean and that someday in the future their ‘true brother’ would return with the missing corner and prove their creation story.

A sketch of what the tablet is said to look like. This illustration is from the Book of the Hopi, by Frank Waters.  (Via author)

A sketch of what the tablet is said to look like. This illustration is from the Book of the Hopi, by Frank Waters.  (Via author)

One of the elders became so worried as global events mirrored the prophecies that he had been taught, he made a replica of what he thought the tablet would look like if the missing corner was attached.

This illustration is from The Book of Truth, by Thomas O Mills. (Via author)

This illustration is from The Book of Truth, by Thomas O Mills. (Via author)

When you compare the tablets you will notice that Water’s version left off the pyramid on the bottom right-hand corner when he described the tablet in his book. I believe he did this because he knew the controversy that might have taken place back in 1963 if it was included. What could the Hopis have known about the Pyramids?

Guarded in a Far Off Land

If the missing corner of the tablet was found here in the Americas it really would not prove very much. But if The Guardian, Masaw took the missing corner back to his point of origin, or across the sea, then it could prove the Hopi Creation Story true.  It’s thought ‘How else could the missing corner of the stone have traveled across the ocean so many years ago?’


Linguistically, the Hopi language is related to Gaelic - Ex: Ai and Aye for the word yes. I'm pretty sure the missing corner of the Hopi tablet will find it's match in the Stone of Scone. Ridiculous? Far fetched?
No more than the unsupported assertions in this article.

They are related….but they are not the same.

There is a distinct difference between then, but they are from the same source.

I can explain better in a telephone call,….

One question….how accurate are the replica tablets? Are the lines straighter in the original tablet?


Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author: The Map that Talked

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Hello Derek, I don't think the lines are straighter. The Elder did the best he could but it was just a replica. Sorry for the slow response. I was having trouble with my sign on.
All the best. tom

Thomas O. Mills

Hi Thomas,

What’s the best way to contact you?

Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author: The Map that Talked

I was being facetious with that remark, and could as well have said Japanese (Hai) and Hopi (ai) are related. That has the added benefit of matching up with the Hopi traveling East to reach the west coast of America - and probably provides a closer genetic match as well.


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