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By Leonard Burg A Centre for the World Religions
“The Hopi Survival Kit”, By Thomas E. Mails, © 1997, Published by Welcome Rain, Distributed by Stewart, Tabori & Chan, A division of U.S. Media Holdings, Inc., 575 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.
Our survival as a planet depends on acknowledging the universal common roots that humankind shares, in spite of differences in culture and religion. The Hopi Indians knew this, and initiated a dialogue and collaboration which we can build on today, in the form of the book. “The Hopi Survival Kit”. Its universal message graphically depicts the sacrifices made by the Hopi to deliver a message to the world, at the risk of their very survival as a people. We can all profit from their Live-and-let-live philosophy and the gift they have shared with us. We can use it to both reconcile and honor the sovereignty of diverse religions/cultures, while in the process discovering the universal roots that bind us together as humanity. PART I The Hopi are an Indian nation located in the Northeast corner of Arizona who ―are broadly known today as the peaceful people‖. And, ―outsiders living in a world beset with turmoil have often wondered how they achieved it. [Page 1]‖ The Hopi are renowned for having prophesized many of the catastrophic events taking place in the world in the past 100 years. They see prophecy as part of a divine mission of a humble people ―who live by the Plan laid out by the spirit, Maasaw [a Hopi Redeemer], and today hold the land in trust for him.‖ . The author sees this as a reason the Hopi have survived years of domination and control stemming from having been ―discovered‖ by the invaders and conquistadors who settled in what is now called the United States. He says that because of their humility and ―their abhorrence of
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‖  . Hinduism and Judaism .we. However. Said the Traditional Hopi Elders. a closer look at their way of life and religion may reveal a closer relationship to universal spiritual principles than believed by our more modern conventional religions.the role of Traditional indigenous cultures and religions in interfaith dialogue is often overlooked. we can begin to envision them as servants to whom the Creator will entrust His sacred mission.‖  Mails is referring to Elders known as ―Traditionalists‖ --. one of the great Hopi Elders who for half a century resisted the efforts of the American government to assimilate the Hopi. A search for this common ground is at the core of a movement today of globally minded Interfaith-conscious people.‖ Because of the wide influence and power of some of the most popular religions of the world – i.‖  Thomas E. The Hopi Survival Kit book reveals the Hopi as model “Live-and-Let-Live” collaborators with a unique gift to share in this interfaith dialogue. Islam.materialistic living.2 of 9 - . they desire to reconcile their differences with other religions and cultures without sacrificing their own integrity. five of the elder Traditionalists wrote a newsletter to warn other Hopis about the consequences of abandoning the secret. etc. The author thus dedicated the book. outdated. primitive. ―Never get the idea that what I wrote is precisely what they said or what they thought of it. and …. ―Techqua Ikachi! [Which] Is the creed of the Hopi Traditionalists. Why? In order to address the threat to world peace posed by religious and ethnic wars and conflicts around the globe. Christianity. Buddhism. supplemented with my own thoughts and explanations and when I read it back to them . Much of what he wrote came from his relationship with Dan Evehema.. Mails is one of the rare outsiders to have been entrusted with some of the sacred knowledge of the Hopi to share it with the world.e. as His children.the ones who fought to preserve the culture and resisted efforts by the ―Progressives‖ or ―Two -Hearted‖ to succumb to assimilation into to American culture. while down grading and undermining others in order to govern territories and people who wish to live in peace through their own inherent beliefs. Evehema shared with Mails details of a secret newsletter published by the Elders. Most religious groups boost their particular method of attaining perfection. ―there is only one Great Spirit. ―to all of the Traditionalists who for nearly a thousand years preserved the message from the Creator that will enable the planet and us to survive. Often they are seen as backward. But instead of equality. ―Over an eleven year period.‖  It was called.‘‖ Says Mails. glaring at each other in greed. our maker. It is approximately what they said and thought . In its English translation what it means is ‗blending with the land and celebrating life. we practice caste systems and class struggles. should be one happy family. I modified it until they approved of it.
what was their message and what universal principles inherent in it are useful to interfaith dialogue and collaboration? The book outlines: An original covenant given to the Hopi by their Redeemer.‖)  ―As a Helper Spirit serving the Creator. the author raises the rhetorical question: ―Who wanted to pursue a religion that was not strong enough to overcome White people…could it be that the Hopi religion was a false one that was a product of archaic superstition and legends?. trappers.3 of 9 - . largely through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and it‘s handpicked ―Council‖. Prophecy of events that would threaten that way of life. Maasaw – Hopi Redeemer ―Maasaw is the Savior of the Hopi.‖ [After the climax of prophesized calamities befalling the planet]  . White anthropologists. traders. The Hopi Traditionalists have prevailed.‖ In spite of the eventual control exerted by the United States government over the Hopi. government officials. His laying out of a ―Pattern of Life‖ to follow to live in peace and harmony with the divine. who ―invaded‖ HopiLand believe.In spite of this philosophy. and Instructions and warnings on how to avoid the impending catastrophe. MASSAU. ―that no people who lived as simply and poorly as the Hopi could possibly offer anything worthwhile to the burgeoning outside world. along the way. his assigned task is to be the Guardian of the earth. Did the army of hunters. soldiers. let alone a message of greatest magnitude?‖  Because many of the Hopi themselves surrendered to the forces of colonialization and assimilation. ―He would take over the control of the world at the end of the Fourth cycle. and the attempted emasculation of their religion and culture. The Hopi Survival Kit shares the details of this roadmap and how. ―They normally illustrate this as a circle that is divided like a pie chart into four equal parts. Maasaw. They have sacrificed themselves in order to share a universal message that we all can rally around and delve more into as focal point of interfaith dialogue. decimated culture having anything useful to offer to those who are struggling to survive the 21st Century. etc. MASAW. just as Jesus Christ is the Savior of the Christian World. The author conveys the feeling that ―the basic motive of the Two -Hearteds and the forces of evil has been to keep you and me from obtaining and implementing the great message needed to save ourselves and the planet. Maasaw told the Hopi that. MAASAU‘U). the Hopi Traditionalists had to battle and overcome evil forces in order to bring this universal message to the world.‖ (The Hopi identified four main cycles of existence. though much less in number.‖  (His name is alternately spelled MAASAW.― He will take ―full control as the fifth Cycle of the world begins. At every turn they saw themselves thwarted by the White invaders and their hand picked Hopi allies. it is difficult for many to believe what they perceive as a dying.‖  The question is.
Hopi Elders do not confuse him [Mausaw] with the Creator. inner peace and understanding come as specified duties are performed. 4.‖  The two main seasonal (cyclic) ceremonies the Hopi observe are:  . 5. the true Creator will do whatever He must to reconcile Christianity and Maasaw. but some Native Americans teach that Jesus once walked the Americas and ministered to the natives…. rational succession of repetitious experience. 2.‖  ―Except for the Hopi themselves.‖  The Pattern of Life was an organized. These same Divine Laws constitute the essence of the Instructions and warnings given to the Hopi (to share with the world) in order to escape the wrath indicated by the Hopi prophecies. ―There are jewels in his Pattern of Life that are universal.‖  ―Or is it that Maasaw is really Jesus Christ who has come to the earth in a different guise? The Hopi do not say so. Therefore all must rest and renew for the coming cycle…. I cannot accept that there is any other Savior than Jesus Christ. as Maasaw Himself lives Practicing self-denial practicing Self-sufficiency Changing your priorities Recognizing that it is the Creator‘s wish to rescue us and that together with the Hopi we can rescue the world In addition to the latter general principles for living.‖. 3. making your own covenant with Maasaw Living simpler. Maasaw fills this role for the Hopi Traditionalists who are not Christians…If and when it is necessary.‖  PART II Maasaw’s Covenants – Pattern of Life Maasaw provided the Hopi their Covenants or Pattern of Life and ―Traditionalists are the ones who follow and keep these covenants.‖  At the crux of the Hopi Pattern of Life are Divine Laws and Ceremonies to be observed. 6. They do not want you to wish you could even become a Hopi. The Traditionalists do not pass this information on to seek conversions. the Hopi ―Elders tell us Hopi believe all life on our earth lives and goes by life cycles.4 of 9 - . ―In this method. Yet at the same time. They can be summed up as follows:  1.‖  However. Instead they know he serves the Creator. the Pattern of Life is not a religion.and repeat annually in the Hopi language all of the information pertaining to the Life Pattern.[says the author] As a Christian.
Harvest and Thanksgiving In order to preserve and meet threats to this way of life. yet they are also meant to rescue us in times of peril. give instructions and warnings. Kachinas come to dance 2. Consecration. The Creator has known that this time would come. and the Hopi nation will become split as they Lose their culture and assimilate The ―Gourd of Ashes‖( Atomic Bombs dropped during WWII) Advent of the ―House of Mica‖ – the United Nations Four Attempts will be made [and were] by Hopis to take their case to the UN Advent of Airplanes. trains. Thanksgiving. cars. ―People are lost and looking for direction. The ―Soyal‖: Preparation. signs and hope.5 of 9 - . Global warming. Purification. Melting polar ice caps. acid rain. Flooding. Food shortages.‖  ―People with the Cross will appear in our land‖. Money becomes worthless. War of retaliation against terrorism. Then He calms our fears as He presents us with the way to handle whatever comes. Deforestation.‖  Some of the more notable prophecies are: The Bahanna or White race. Hantavirus (infected mice in Navaho/Hopiland) Population explosion. ―Tropical land could become a land of ice. The author stresses that ―Hopi prophecies substantiate themselves in that every one of them that should have been fulfilled by now has been.1.‖  . many of which have or are coming to pass. utility lines. But this need not happen if we the people get our leaders to do something about the harmful things being done to the environment.‖  Warnings And Instructions: The Spiritual Ark ―The Creator told the Hopis what could happen. But the INSTRUCTIONS which teach Hopis to do certain things on both ceremonial and daily life hold a whole new way of deliverance from catastrophes and evil forces. They will be cunning and sly with forked tongue and sweet Tongue. Prophecies tell why. Florida Swamp creatures mutating. The WARNINGS are stern and uncompromising. Water shortages. and some which are on the horizon.‖  Hopi Prophecy The Survival Kit presents about 100 prophecies. and uses the prophecies to get our attention. By deceit and fraud they will take over the land of the Native People. Greenhouse effect. but at the same time told them how they could survive these things. Maasaw provided the Hopi prophecies because. and yet to come: THE GREAT DAY OF PURIFICATION Returning Ice Age. volcano eruptions. radios Hurricanes. Cultivation. Revolutions. Planting. ―will come in large numbers.
it is not a place of religion.‖  In spite of the fact that it has been the destiny of the Hopi to suffer many trials and tribulations that have nearly made their culture extinct. ―It is worth noting that this priceless information was placed in the keeping of the very Naïve American people who would outlast all of the other tribes in North America in preserving their traditional ways and vows.6 of 9 - .Though these instructions may seem related to a specific cultural context. These laws will vary with different cultures and religions. in the form of the Elder Elders and Traditionalists. many of w hom.‖  . While the Ark does function in relationship with the Creator. although they may speak of them is culturally different ways. Together these make up the manner of life that will be led on the Ark.‖  By this they are not saying you have to convert to the Hopi Religion: ―As you board the Ark. ―Review with yourself and these same close ones [loved ones] the Divine Laws. nor does it recognize any religion as superior to others. the essence of it lives on. So the Hopi say. that the only thing that will save us is to achieve new attitudes by immersing ourselves in the Spiritual Ark which is the workroom of the Creator. words deeds and promises. the Hopi always stress the underlying universal principles: ―How wonderful…that.  So we can see by this that the Hopi do not claim to hold the exclusive key to survival of the planet.‖  The physical place where this last vestige of Hopi wisdom resides is called HOTEVILLA village – ―a stronghold for the Traditionalists …. ―For all people on earth are responsible for hold the key to survival. that often bring miracles when one meets obstacles which seem impossible to pass.‖  Implicit is that these laws are the same for all religions and all cultures.. known as ‗The Shrine of the Covenant‘.‖  ―As we follow the INSTRUCTIONS we will feel the connection. The spirits of Dan [Evehema] and others will come to be with us and urge us on. These ―beings‖ function by the same universal divine laws. the Creator and Mausaw have provided a Spiritual ARK that consists of carefully chosen thoughts.‖ Do your own version of the 2 cycle ceremonies. for the Hopi and us. Here are some final thoughts from the Hopi Elder Elders on this point: ―We must neither lose sight of our prayers or the Divine Laws of our Creator.‖  ―Traditionalists tell us today. Laws which never change or break down. That does not mean you will exchange what you are going to do on the Ark for your own religious faith. ―commonly live into their 90‘s and ―in the case of the most deeply committed and spiritual. past 100.‖  Furthermore. make your own covenant with the Creator and Maasaw.‖  The universal space they are talking about can connect you with all the great spirits that have come to the planet to redeem humanity.
It became a Mother Village. the microcosm clock begins to tick‖. a microcosm of the world.. ―Are there things in the works that would propel us into Armageddon? ―Factionalism is the mode at Hotevilla Village today.  The Hopi Traditionalists see events at Hotevilla as a possible harbinger of things to come on a broader level in the world.7 of 9 - .‖  As a result. The author raises the question.e. without compromising their own integrity. and. The elders have warned that. the cycle of yearly activities kept the world in balance with enough harmony to survive. and the home of the last keepers of this Covenant of greatest magnitude.According to the author. t he Village of Hotevilla ―had begun as the place where the Covenant was preserved. security or development? How do the teachings of the Hopi Redeemer Maasaw compare to the saviors in other religions? And what is the possibility that such a living savior exists today? . what are the specific spiritual values and practices that transcend Hopi religion/culture and are applicable to all humankind? What are the universal spiritual truths and realities underlying the rituals and ceremonies of the Hopi."  It behooves Interfaith-conscious people of good will to consciously reach out to and include indigenous cultures like the Hopi in dialogue about how to heal the divisions among religions and cultures that exacerbate the calamities occurring in the world today. and are there ways to access that reality through practices that can be common to all religions and cultures? What is the fundamental cause for the suffering experienced by the Hopi and other indigenous religion/cultures around the globe? Has the Hopi religion/culture helped avoid an even harsher fate? What role did the Hopi‘s steadfast identification with their Tradition al culture play in being vulnerable to oppression at the hands of the invading ―civilization‖? Are there ways in which the Hopi could have been more open to the more positive aspects of the dominant culture. a shrine.  The prophecies predicted another split like that of 1906 and the split has occurred. thus exacerbating a rift between the ―Progressives‖ and the ‗Traditionalists‖. In doing so. among other things. has been the target of attempts throughout the years to modernize the Hopi. ―As soon as something begins to happen at Hotevilla. largely Elders and Traditionalists. how do they compare to those of other religions. there are several key questions we can pose and deliberate on that might bear fruit to nourish our efforts to bring peace to the world: Where does the material end and the universal spiritual begin in the Hopi culture—i. this village and its inhabitants.
they raise concerns that apply to all religions and all cultures. Given the proof that the Hopi have been chosen to alert mankind to some of the pitfalls and calamities we face as a planet.8 of 9 - .Although I raise these questions in reference to the Hopi as depicted in the book The Hopi Survival Kit. ##################################################### . they might be a good place to focus a serious interfaith dialogue.
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