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.”


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

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

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.

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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.

angieblackmon's picture

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!!


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