June 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” – attributed to a Hopi Elder, Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona


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“The Hopi, an Indian tribe, have a language as sophisticated as ours, but no tenses for past, present and future. The division does not exist. What does this say about time?” – Jeanette Winterson

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hopi reservation

DESERT GEOMETRY (Hopi Reservation, AZ) – Strange shapes and brilliant colors on the floor of a remote canyon in northeast Arizona.


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The Hopi Mesas are three mesas, relatively near each other, roughly northeast of Flagstaff and southwest of Chinle – Arizona. They are quite literally in the middle of nowhere, while the entire Hopi Reservation itself is surrounded on all sides by the Navajo/Apache Indians. The Hopi Mesas are the homeland of the Hopi, the “divine” destination of the wandering tribes of the Ancestral Puebloans. The “real” Centre of the World is Tuuwanasavi, a few miles from the village of Oraibi. It was the Bear Clan that was the first to complete their four migrations and, arriving from Mesa Verde, they settled on Second Mesa. Still, Oraibi, the settlement on the Third Mesa, is today seen as the oldest town in Northern America, as it has seen continuous inhabitation since it was occupied.


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Hopi Buttes near Dilkon AZ


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“The Hopi still make annual pilgrimages (which are linked with their festivals) on foot from their mesas, 65 miles east, to shrines hidden in the mountains. Upon the winter solstice, the deities are then said to depart from the mountains – as rain clouds – and come to live with the Hopi on the mesas. After the harvest – in early July – they return to their mountain resort. 

Though a lot of attention has been drawn to the San Francisco Peaks as the residence of the deities, in truth, they are but one of four “Cloud Houses”, residences of the gods, which are the four highest points around Oraibi, each one in a different direction. Another sacred hill is Hard Rock Mountain or Navajo Mountain in Southeastern Utah. Four migrations, four cardinal points… four sacred mountains.” – Phil Coppens


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Most of the Ancestral Puebloans villages were cliff dwellings, set into the sheer cliff face of canyons. It is clear that these were less than ideal settings from a mundane perspective, especially in the – cold – winters. Archaeologists will argue that they had certain defensive advantages, but this single benefit clearly does not outweigh the disadvantages. One such site is Hovenweep National Monument. This is a cliff dwelling that for archaeologists is a “late burst” of the Ancestral Puebloans shortly before they disappeared, whereas within a migration framework, it is a settlement of the final migration of a clan, before heading for the Hopi Mesas. At Hovenweep, the tall towers are considered by archaeologists to have functioned as astronomical observatories and it underlines the Hopi mythology that the cycle of migrations was linked with the constellations – on their travels, they were guided by the stars.   – Phil Coppens


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Pecusas’ cornfield, Hopi Reservation


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Hopi Orion


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“…the three Hopi Mesas can overlap the three stars of Orion’s Belt, with other key Ancestral Puebloan sites corresponding to other stars of this constellation – and neighbouring stars: Chaco Canyon coincides with Sirius. Orion itself is made up (amongst others) from the Betatakin Ruin in Tsegi Canyon and Keet Seel Ruin as representing the double star Rigel, the left foot or knee of Orion; Homol’ovi Ruins State Park is Betelgeuse, while Wupatki is Bellatrix and Canyon de Chelly Saiph. Even the Sipapu in the Grand Canyon is mapped, and corresponds with Pi 3 Ori. Orion’s Belt is therefore sacred to the Hopi, the “Centre of the World”. – Philip Coppens

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Remote Corner Hopi Res Night Sky

“CANYON COSMOS” – A meteor streaks across the starry sky during the Perseid meteor shower with the Milky Way in the background in a remote corner of the Hopi Reservation in Arizona.


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“If you drilled from Hopiland through the center of the earth, you would exit in Tibet, another sacred culture situated on a high and dry plateau.  Certain words in the Hopi and Tibetan language have reversed meanings – for instance, the Hopi word for day, “Nyma,” is the Tibetan word for night….” – Daniel Pinchbeck, Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 382.

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§ 2 Responses to Hopi.

  • That’s interesting about the Hopi and Tibetan languages!

  • southwestdesertlover says:

    Isn’t discovering synchronicity like that wonderful? Whenever this happens, it feels like a “cosmic wink” to me, letting me know that I’m right where I’m supposed to be at that moment. :^)

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