Hopi Prophecy and the End of the Fourth World

Hopi Prophecy and the End of the Fourth World - Part 1

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More than any other tribe in North America, the Hopi Indians have developed according to the dictates and demands of what may be called a legacy of prophecy. The predictions of the life to come do not merely pertain to the Hopi themselves but deal with impending events on a global scale. These prophecies began to be made public shortly before the mid-20 th century. The Hopi are an aggregation of clans that came together at the “center-point” ( Tuuwanasavi) in northern Arizona during the course of their migrations. Because they are not a monolithic tribe, the sources of their prophecies are fragmentary and multifarious. Part of the lack of narrative clarity also has to do with the secretive nature of the Hopi. These isolated, sedentary farmers living in unpretentious pueblos (basically stone apartment buildings) on the high desert of the American Southwest have looked into the future from their kivas (subterranean, communal prayer-chambers) and have seen some rather disturbing scenarios. Many times they simply do not wish to share these visions with the outside world. Considering the history of exploitation and genocide of Native Americans in general, this is understandable.

Snake Kiva in the village of Oraibi - Hopi

Snake Kiva in the village of Oraibi, the oldest continuously inhabited community on the North American continent, established about 1100 AD.

Like the Maya, among whom the Hopi once lived and with whom they later traded, the Hopi conceptualize the cycles of time as world-ages. The Hopi believe that we have suffered three previous world cataclysms. The First World was destroyed by fire—a comet, asteroid strike, or a number of volcanic eruptions. The Second World was destroyed by ice—a great Ice Age. As recorded by many cultures around the globe, a tremendous deluge destroyed the Third World. These three global destructions were not the result of merely random earth changes or astrophysical phenomena but of humankind’s disregard both for Mother Earth and for the spiritual dictates of the Creator. In other words, cataclysmic events in the natural world are causally connected to collective transgressions, or negatives human actions.

Unlike the Maya, the Hopi are rarely specific about the dates for the shifting of these ages. It has been said that the Maya were masters of time, whereas the Hopi are masters of space. The verb tenses here are deliberate, given that the Maya no longer follow the Long Count calendar of 394-year cycles. Instead they now use the Tzolk’in calender of 260 days—an amazingly complex system nonetheless. Living on their three primary mesas, the Hopi continue to perform a series of annual sacred rituals within their ceremonial cycle in order to keep not just themselves but rather the whole world in balance.

As time goes by, this task is increasingly difficult because our contemporary lifestyle, with its technological gadgetry and unseemly allurements, continues to erode traditional ways of life and ancestral Hopi values. Fewer and fewer young Hopis are learning their indigenous language, customs, and ceremonies. More youth are leaving Hopi-land to seek employment in urban areas. Those that do stay on the reservation are confronted with intra-tribal squabbles and, much worse, with high rates of alcoholism and increasingly available lethal street drugs. The dire signs of a Native American version of the “End Times” are everywhere.  

Many Hopi spiritual elders (singular, kikmongwi) claim that we are living in the final days of the Fourth World. For more than 60 years, different Hopis have predicted various Earth changes that signal the conclusion of the current age and the onset of the Fifth World. In 1970, Dan Katchongva, Sun Clan leader from the village of Hotevilla, who died at age 112, spoke about deteriorating conditions of our time:

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.

The Two Life-Paths On Prophecy Rock

Another spiritual elder from the same Third Mesa village, David Monongye, who may have lived even longer than Grandfather Dan, had warned: “When earthquakes, floods, hailstorms, drought, and famine will be the life of every day, the time will have then come for [either] the return to the true path, or going the zig-zag way.”


Justbod's picture

Very interesting article ( and a bit disturbing!) Thank you. I have long heard references to the Hopi prophecies but did not know much about them. Looking forward to Part Two now!

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The world is heading faster and faster toward the end of all things and there really isn't much we can do about it without spiritual awakenings and freedom of conciousness.

"The socially conservative Hopi culture also believed that the end of the Fourth World would be signaled by women starting to wear men’s clothing"

How utterly ridiculous! As if clothing styles are some sort of absolute thing and not just whatever people make them.

I doubt its a literal translation about designated clothing for woman and men, but a represantation of women coming into their own power and not being subordinate to men anymore necessarily. Which is definitely represented in our society today opposed to 100 years ago.

According to modern scholarship, the Hopi have "never" had women in a subordinate role.


@Saiko, That's exactly what I am saying.

This must not be understood literally. What is meant is, that in our modern world now even women uphold only the masculine values ( = dressing in men's clothes) and forget about the female values (compassion, empathy, family, community).

Now, when we call these values masculine or feminine, it is simply a description of the duality we live in and does NOT mean 1) that one is better than the other: both have their place and time. And 2) that human males ONLY have/represent masculine values, and human females ONLY feminine values - no, no. ALL humans must carry all of these innately to varying degrees and can and should learn to develop and express and understand both these values, and when and why and how which is to be expressed.

I mean: "All humans carry within them..."

Love your comment! Duality is part of our life, all around us. And we are just trying to balance and avoid the negative from the negative side (if I can say it like that ^^).
Interesting topic. Even I'm usually not a person that follows doom stories, I do hope that the end for the current rulling elite (political and corporate) and their materialistic(marketing-based-society) system is coming.

"How utter ridiculous.. " you say. Women wearing men's clothing may be commonplace today. (Hillary's pant suits come to mind.) I remember seeing an 'I Love Lucy" program in the early 50s where she didn't want to be caught in public wearing jeans. I remember as a young boy conversations in the 50's making fun of women wearing pants. Period. Hopi didn't claim this had an effect so much as a sign of when the 'end times were to occur'. Forget climate change being caused by men. Solar or better yet... star energies seem to be predicted as the cause of our future demise. Close by NOVA explosion would do it.

This is the original prophecy. Hopi prophet Lee Brown speaking at a conference in 1986 about the prophecy of Thomas Benyaka, another Hopi.
" 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."

This prophecy has been edited for politically correct purposes. The original prophecy talks of the time when men act as women and women as men. This is probably a reference to transgender - which is a big topic now. IMO it is the precursor to the fact the human is still evolving, apparently the male chromosome sequence will die out and so on. You might find the original prophecy on another site.

Funny! it is a distant prophecy, and yet it has come to pass, so it is a truthful prophecy, You can phoo phoo it, but it still stands!! and our civiizlation is rapidly going downhill, and as they prophecied, to it's end!!

The phrase regarding "women wearing men's clothing" says to me that #1was said in the past, #2 we may be looking at the time when "women" starting wearing the uniforms of the military, which indeed has already happened, but most importantly they are also seeing combat action. It should go without saying but the phrase is a prophecy of things to come which has also been fulfilled.

Humans have lost touch with Nature, they can not hear the wind in the trees, they do not notice how the birds and trees talk to them....they take from Nature and do not give anything back....not even appreciation for the food they eat. Nature has been generous and she has over looked the evil in humans, but there is a point when she will see the evil in them and there will be no further forgiveness from that point on. I can see where these prophesies have a firm bases on the laws that humans do not understand, because they only adhere to man made laws and are unaware of the higher laws.

Re. comments by Saiko and Allij: The Hopi women have always had a lot of power. Hopi culture is very traditional. It is matrilineal and matrilocal. (After marriage the man goes to live in the woman's house. Women even owned the house--some say they built them). Neither sex was inferior or superior but each had certain cultural customs and duties, which included dress. There are cases where men wore dresses, or women wore men's clothes but they were considered transvestites and very sacred (like the berdache). In Hopi this sort of person is called "hova." Although the Hopi statement seems antifeminist by contemporary standards, it is part of ancient Hopi prophecy.

Seriously, do we need the umpteenth lecture on gender equality here?

@Jacko, In case you missed it, this essay is about Hopi prophecy.

Not gender politics.

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I saw a documentary called "2 Spirit". it said the same thing as Hopi say about tranvestites except 2 spirits were Navajo gay. they were revered not shunned. I believe the comment about the Divine Female and Divine Male attributes too. it is true all of this about how we dress has nothing to do with being male/ female/ gay/straight. back in time macho Scottish and Irish men wore kilts, skirts by every other definition. we do follow trends though . the first ancestor that cut a head hole in a hide, put it over their head kept them a little warmer and drier and everybody liked that. the first fashion trend? evidently Sumarians and others bound their heads manipulating the way they looked. for what ever reason, it doesn't matter, they did it. other cultures women piled rings around their necks deforming their body, it doesn't matter why, they did it. tatoos and peircing around the world , from way back too. 100 years ago women started shaving pit and leg hair, then the full body wax, and both men and women are doing that too. torturous surgeries to change the way we look. i don't know why we have to follow trends but we do. i feel if i went in to get a full body wax, the cosmotolgist, at least for the first timer, could at least offer a free, complimentary water- boarding to cool things off a little. 120 bucks for a fbw is alot of money to look like a child. i wonder what a head binding cost back then? one thing is also clear, we have become very high maintenance, it is epidemic and pandemic in nature. just some obversations, i'm just sayin'.


"It doesn't matter, they did it." 

We are all drinking from the same stream, we just use different pots to collect our water. 

You're right about becoming high maintenance. It feels a lot like we all demand things as rights the commodities that we used to receive as luxuries. 

Martin is NOT 'Fire Clan," he is butterfly clan. He was (for many years) custodian of the Fire Clan Prophesy Tablets before he was stripped of them for revealing them to the press at a 1989 press conference co-conducted w/ NM governor Bruce King. At this event he warned that the 'War of the Gourd of Ashes' was about to begin. He had seen the Hopi sacred purple flower bloom in a snow bank and his peach tree bloomed in a blizzard. This was fulfillment of an important end time prophesy and he felt it was important to warn the world. Six months later Desert Storm began and the end time war began (and still goes on today).

Chris, Grandfather Martin's grandson Ryan Gashweseoma, who is a katsina doll carver, said to me that Grandfather is a member of the Fire Clan.

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sounds like the Hopis might know what they are talking about.

Peace and Love,


there's many predictions of disaster or demise, so far, we are still here

How long until something really happens and we make the decision together to do something? How long? Will blockbuster movies still be made whilst the floodwaters wash over Florida's apartments? Will they keep showing repeats of Top Gear on Dave well into our midnight hour when the electricity is about to be pulled and the planet dropped into darkness? 

I'm sitting here, wondering about the end times. 
Am I really here?

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I’m pretty sure I first learned about the Hopi from some episodes of the X-files. They have continued to intrigue me! So much to learn! So little time!!


love, light and blessings


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It is difficult for me to tell what's going on with historical tales from survivors of catastrophic events. They always say the world was destroyed because humans were wicked or playing too much xBox or whatever...thus implying--overtly or not--that they themselves were pure and righteous. After all, they didn't die, did they?

It's not difficult to imagine that, having somehow miraculously survived a cataclysm that killed nearly everyone and everything else on the planet and totally reshaped the surface of the earth, a person might believe it had been some kind of divine punishment. Logic would thus dictate that everyone who died was bad, and anyone who lived was good. So the survivors are by default "righteous" people. This is what is described in the biblical Genesis as well, with Noah and his family being "righteous" and everyone else being sinful, because the former lived and the latter died.

I'm just saying, I don't know how much credence to give such accounts. Seems too easy to fall into such a mindset whether it was true or not. The PTSD and survivors' guilt must have been overwhelming.

In the early 80's I had the unusual experience to have a brief audience with Grand Father David. We were not allowed to take notes, or photograph, or record anything. I wish I had a digital memory. It all went by so fast. He had several ( Sargents) that stood as protectors around him, and were ready to intervene at any time.
An interruption from a rep from the power company came in. A person on the very edge of the Mesa wanted electricity. But, since it was still the Mesa under Grand Father David's control, the request was denied. I had just witnessed one of the last of the laws of the Elders being upheld.
When we tried to ask about the prophesies, Things began to waiver. There were no straight answers. Rather a long stream of visual provoking choppy references to corn, the elements, We could not get an answer about the Star and the Blue Star Kachina dancing in the plaza as the prediction of end of times. I stayed with a farming and live stock keeper family in one of the villages over several visits. Got to see first hand some of the ritual dances. Was nice to have a great deal of it explained to me the best it could be done. I walked the fields with them and watched both the hand planting and the use of the tractor. They use very old techniques of knowing ley lines to plant. The largest concern even before the 80's when I was there was the risk of genetic polution from people like Monsanto GMO grain. They have their own safe seed vaults and share them with their deep Southern cousins in South America. They need help to fight Monsanto and the government experiments.
I also had the experience to sit in conversation with Grand Father David's good friend Rolling Thunder one evening when I visited Rolling Thunder's Commune. Similar questions...but much the same garbled answers. The really sad thing is that most all of the wisdom of these last elders was lost because they were considered senile and their words were unusable. Yet, the whites and the rest of the world have no real clue that tere are several that are still passing down the stories, legends, and exact ceremonies that have been practiced since the earliest times. Some will leak out in books from time to time... but we will never hear all the history and truths. Just get your go bag ready if you get an accurate news piece stating the kachina with the blue star mask removed his mask in the plaza. Start paying attention. you might be witnessing history to be documented happening right before your eyes...and not just on your cell phone.

It's not about when seeing it coming, its about the unexpected prophecy can actually happen in time in any day, month, or years.

The Hopi Prophecy and Lakota (Sioux) Prophecy are nearly identical.

Both reveal that seven (7) of the nine (9) prophecies, have come to pass.

As of last week, we as humanity, have entered into the days of the 8th prophecy - according to both versions, and in effect, it states...

(below is not a literal translation; some words used in the prophecies, have no translations)

...That the Seven Tribes must come together to prevent the Black Snake from crossing the sacred river - Should the black snake be allowed to cross these sacred lands, humanity will suffer greatly. The end of the 5th world will quickly become, inevitable.

So, we as The People must now stand and state loudly, "enough!" - enough poisoning of the water for the sake of oil; enough poisoning the air.

Start enforcing and re-writing environmental laws and enforcing them, strongly; at the behest of the women and children they bring into this world to perpetuate humanity.


sorry if i offend

miigwetch, thank you and please, be well

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