The other day I wrote a piece about what would others, namely Aliens and/or Angels, have to say about our world, our culture, and our humanity.
Okay, so my premise might be a “little out there” (pun intended) but what about the views of ancient cultures, like the Hopi Indians, who have been in North America for eons of years. What do they have to say about our society? What warnings do they offer? What hopes do they offer?
Turns out that a couple years back, circa 2000, when a jeweler friend of mine was selling some of my moldavite she used in her jewelry, one of the buyers was a young man who happened to have all the oral and written Hopi prophecies ever recorded. He handed me a photocopied deck of 100-plus pages and said, “Chuck you can give this away all you want provided you never charge for it.”
I made a handful of physical copies and gave them away to circles of people I thought would enjoy them, but then it occurred to me, “Hey, why not digitize these papers and park on the web?”
Thus I paid $500 to have a service bureau scan these pages, as 300 dpi tiff files, then I assembled them into a pdf which you can download here – Techqua Ikachi — note this 2 meg pdf is hosted at the Internet Archives.
This is an amazing read and they have a lot to say about our current times. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag but suffice it to say, most of their message boils down to the issue of “Progressives vs Traditionalists” and however the Hopi society goes, so does the rest of our global society.
This issue of progressives and traditionalists is pretty deep and it is my hope that we will strike a balance and get the best of both worlds. I say this too because years back I heard Peruvian elders talking about their legends and prophecies, one of which stated, “There will come a time when the Eagle of the North flies with the Condor of the South.”
I always interpreted that to be “north = industrialized countries with technology emphasis” and “south = indigenous cultures that are one with the land and nature, steeped in traditions of balance, respect and harmony with earth.”
Apparently the Hopis had a rift in their culture circa 1908. Up till then, they were mostly traditionalist and believed themselves to be “keepers of the keys.” But as white Europeans started to expand westward and invade their territories, some of the Hopis started to say, “Hey. The white man might be on to something. Running water, cars, comfortable living conditions, etc. these are things we too should embrace. After all, it’s hard living in these here desert parts …” And thus they became the progressives advocating change from the traditions of their forefathers.
When I got done reading these prophecies, I was angered at the corruption (e.g., Mineral companies hiring terrorists to get access to land rights) and wanted to do something. But then I quickly realized that I don’t really know who to believe, or who is truly a legit traditionalist or progressive. So instead of taking sides, I put my money where my mouth was and digitized their words and in a small way, am helping these words continue forth, free of charge – enjoy!
PS – I also bought GoHopi.com with the idea that sometime in the future, I (or others) will be able to convert these scanned pages into OCR (optical character recognition) so they become searchable text vs scans. If you are interested in helping out is said OCR and proofing depts, let me know!