[GlobalPeaceWalk] Thomas Banyacya, Hopi, 1910-1999
- On February 6, 1999, the world lost one of its leading messengers, for
nonviolence and the spiritual reawakening necessary to change the course of
human history off of the path towards total destruction and onto the path
towards true peace and harmony among all life, with the passing of 89 year
old Hopi Prophecy spokesman Thomas Banyacya. A sunrise memorial service
organized by the International Indian Treaty Council will be held at 6:30AM
in San Francisco on Sunday, February 28, 1999, at the top of Bernal Hill at
the south end of Folsom Street. Details at 415-641-4482.
Inspired by the great Hopi Elder Yukiuma whom he regarded as "The Hopi
Gandhi", Banyacya spent seven years in prison in the 1940's because of his
steadfast conscientious objection to registering for military service.
After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was seen by the Hopi
spiritual leaders as a fulfillment of their ancient prophecies about "the
gourd of ashes falling on the Earth two times", in December of 1948, those
leaders from the various Hopi villages and religious societies met for the
first time in history to compare their previously secret knowledge as per
their ancient instructions handed down through the generations. Banyacya
was commissioned at that meeting to bring to the outside world the Message
of Peace and the warnings for humanity revealed at this meeting. For the
rest of his life he firmly held true to this commitment, despite hardships
and criticisms, and traveled widely to carry their message and in the
process helped to inspire the revival of the traditional Indigenous American
cultures over the past decades. Devoting himself totally to this mission,
he still lived a simple lifestyle and he and his family survived as best
they could in the traditional ways with some help from the minimal donations
of people who supported his work.
Banyacya felt that his life's mission was fulfilled, after decades of
unsuccessful attempts, when he was able to bring the Hopi message and
spokesmen to the United Nations (the "house of mica" predicted by the Hopi
prophecies) to deliver their messages in 1992 and 1993 in the context of the
gathering of global indigenous leaders who came on the occasion of the
United Nations designation of 1993 as the International Year of the World's
Indigenous Peoples and 1995-2004 as the International Decade of the World's
His message was simple yet still inscrutable to the mind of "Western
Civilization", that all of the problems of modern society are rooted in an
error in human thinking clouded by attachments to the world of material
comforts and that to solve all of these problems we only have to reawaken
spiritually to the innate human/spiritual relationship to all life as our
relations, and to all people as one human race. He was convinced that the
simple spiritually focused lifestyle is the only one which will survive in
these times of increasing wars, violence and even natural disasters brought
on by this error in human thinking. His life was an inspiration, for so
very many people, to respect the ancient wisdom of the traditional
indigenous cultures of our beloved Mother Earth. Decades before scientists
recognized the currently evident signs of global climate change he was
warning that the actions of industrial society would bring on the calamities
we now see all around the world with increasingly devastating storms,
earthquakes, etc. Society would be well advised to heed this widsom and
take action before it is too late.
Included below is one of his landmark documents, within which is coded the
essence of the traditional teachings of the message of peace, which he
called "The Hopi Declaration of Peace". If one were to meditate on its
deepest significance the simplicity of the message of peace, and how to
implement it, will become clearer. Also included below is a document called
"The Essence of Hopi Prophecy" composed by someone in consultation with the
Hopi Elders whom Banyacya represented as their traditional messenger. He
taught a generalized meaning of the word Hopi, as any people who truly live
as "peaceful people".
The greatest tragedy of his passing is that the many documents he has
produced and accumulated over the years have not yet reached general pubic
attention, but with the capability of the internet today perhaps his wife
and children will get the help that they need to bring out these teachings
into this realm of modern communications. They may still be reached as
Banyacya, PO Box 112, Kykotsmovi, AZ, 86034.
THE HOPI DECLARATION OF PEACE
It is in the Power of the True Hopi People to unify the minds and spirits of
all true peace seeking peoples of the earth...
"Hopi" means "Peaceful People"... and the truest and greatest power is the
strength of Peace...because Peace is the Will Of The Great Spirit...
But do not think that just because the True Hopi People have been told by
the Great Spirit never to take up arms... that the True Hopi People will not
fight... even die for what we know to be the right way of Life.
The True Hopi People Know how to fight without killing or hurting...
The True Hopi People Know how to fight with Truth and Positive Force In The
Light Of The Great Spirit...
The True Hopi People Know how to Educate by clear thoughts... good
pictures...and by carefully chosen words...
The True Hopi People Know how to show to all the world's Children the True
Way of Life by setting an example... by working and communicating in a way
that reaches the minds and hearts of all people who are truly seeking the
methods of a simple and spiritual Life which is the only Life that will
THE TRUE HOPI PEOPLE PRESERVE THE SACRED KNOWLEDGE
ABOUT THE WAY OF THE EARTH BECAUSE THE TRUE HOPI PEOPLE
KNOW THAT THE EARTH IS A LIVING...GROWING PERSON... AND ALL
THINGS ON IT ARE HER CHILDREN...
The True Hopi People Know how to show the Right Way of Life to all the
world's people who have ears to listen... who have eyes to see... and who
have hearts to understand these things...
The True Hopi People Know how to generate enough Power to link up the
forces of the Minds and Spirits of all the True Children of the Earth ...
and to Unify them with the Positive Force of the Great Spirit so that they
may put an end to affliction and persecution in all afflicted places in this
THE TRUE HOPI PEOPLE DECLARE THAT HOPI POWER BE A FORCE
WHICH WILL BRING ABOUT WORLD CHANGE.
PO Box 112
Kykotsmovi, AZ 86034
The Essence of Hopi Prophecy
The entire Hopi Prophecy usually
takes many days to tell, and many
life times to fully understand. This is
a short summary of essential points.
The Balance of Life
As caretakers of life we affect the balance of nature to such a degree that
our own actions determine whether the great cycles of nature bring
prosperity or disaster. Our present world is the unfoldment of a pattern we
set in motion.
Our divergence from the natural balance is traced to a point preceding the
existence of our present physical form.. Once we were able to appear and
disappear at will, but through our own arrogance we took our procreative
powers for granted and neglected the plan of the creator. As a consequence
we became stuck in our physical form, dominated by a continual struggle
between our left and right sides, the left being wise but clumsy, and the
right being clever and powerful but unwise, forgetful of our original
The Cycle of Worlds
This suicidal split was to govern the entire course of our history through
world after world. As life resources diminished in accord with the cycles of
nature, we would try to better our situation through our own inventions,
believing that any mistakes could be corrected through further inventions.
In our cleverness, most of us would lose sight of our original purpose,
become involved in a world of our own design, and ultimately oppose the
order of the universe itself, becoming the mindless enemy of the few who
would still hold the key to survival.
In several previous worlds the majority have advanced their technology in
this way, even beyond what we know today. The consequent violations against
nature and fellow humans caused severe imbalances which were resolved in the
form of war, social disintegration and natural catastrophe.
As each world reached the brink of annihilation, there remained a small
minority who had managed to live in nearly complete accord with the infinite
plan, as implied in the name, Hopi. Toward the final stages they would find
themselves beset with signs of disintegration within, as well as enticing
offers and severe threats from without, aimed toward forcing them to join
the rest of the world.
Our Present World
Our common ancestors were among the small group who miraculously
emerged from the last world as it reached its destruction, though they too
were tainted with corruption. The seeds of the crisis we face today were
brought with us when we first set foot in this world. Upon reaching our
present world, our ancestors set out on a long migration to meet the Great
Spirit in the form of Maasauu, the caretaker of this land and all that lives
upon it. They followed a special pattern, however a very serious omen
made a separate journey necessary, in order to balance the extreme
disorder anticipated for the later days.
The True White Brother
A Hopi of light complexion, now known as the "true white brother," left the
group and travelled in the direction of rising sun, taking with him a stone
tablet which matches a similar tablet held by one of those who went on to
meet Maasauu at a place called Oraibi, where the present Hopi villages
were established according to his instructions.
The Hopi anticipated the arrival of a race of lightskinned people from the
east, predicting many of their inventions , which would serve as signs
indicating certain stages in the unfoldment of the pattern the Hopi had
studied from antiquity. It was clearly foreseen that the visitors, in their
cleverness, might lose sight of their original purpose, in which case they
would be very dangerous. Still the Hopi were to watch for one who has
not left the spiritual path, and carries the actual stone tablet.
The Swastika and the Sun
Through countless centuries the Hopi have recalled in their ceremonies the
previous worlds, our emergence to the present world, and our purpose in
cominghere. Periodically they have renewed their vow with Maasauu to
live the simple, humble way of life he laid out for them, and to preserve
the balance of nature for the sake of all living things. The knowledge of
worldeventshas been handed down in secret religious societies who keep
watch as each stage unfolds.
The leaders watched especially for a series of three world-shaking events,
accompanied by the appearance of certain symbols that describe the
primordial forces that govern all life, from the sprouting of a seed to
global movements such as weather, earthquakes, migrations and wars.
The gourd rattle is a key symbol. A gourd signifies seed force. The shaking
of the gourd rattle in ceremonies means the stirring of life forces. On the
rattle are drawn the ancient symbols of swastika, showing the spirals of
force sprouting from a seed in four directions, surrounded by a ring of red
fire, showing the encircling penetration of the sun's warmth which causes
the seed to sprout and grow.
The first two world-shaking events would involve the forces portrayed by the
swastika and the sun. Out of the violence and destruction of the first, the
strongest elements would emerge with still greater force to produce the
second event. When the actual symbols appeared it would be clear that
this stage of the prophecy was being fulfilled.
The Gourd Full of Ashes
Eventually a "gourd full of ashes" would be invented, which if dropped from
the sky would boil the oceans and burn the land, causing nothing to grow
there for many years. This would be the signal for a certain Hopi to bring
out his teachings in order to warn the world that the third and final event
would happen soon, and that it could bring an end to all life unless people
correct themselves and their leaders in time.
Hopi leaders now believe the first two events were the first and second
world wars, and the "gourd full of ashes" is the atomic bomb. After the
bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, teachings formerly kept secret
were compared and released to the world. The details presented here
are part of those teachings.
The Day of Purification
The final stage, called the " great day of purification, " has also been
described as a "mystery egg," in which the forces of the swastika and the
sun, plus a third force symbolized by the color red, culminate either in
total rebirth, or total annihilation - we don't yet know which, but the
ours. War and natural catastrophe may be involved. The degree of violence
will be determined by the degree of inequity caused among the peoples of
the world and in the balance of nature. In this crisis, rich and poor will
be forced to struggle as equals to survive.
That it will be very violent is now almost taken for granted among
traditional Hopi, but man may still lessen the violence by correcting his
treatment of nature and fellow man. Ancient spiritually-based communities,
such as the Hopi, must especially be preserved and not forced to abandon
their wise way of life and the natural resources they have vowed to protect.
The Fate of Mankind
The Hopi play a key role in the survival of the human race, through their
vital communion with the unseen forces that hold nature in balance, as an
example of a practical alternative to the suicidal man-made system, and
as a fulcrum of world events. The pattern is simple. "The whole world will
shake and turn red and turn against those who are hindering the Hopi."
The man-made system now destroying Hopi is deeply involved in similar
violations throughout the world. The devastating reversal predicted in the
prophecies is part of the natural order. If those who thrive from that
system, its money and its laws, can manage to stop it from destroying
Hopi, then many may be able to survive the day of purification and enter
a new age of peace. But if no one is left to continue the Hopi Way, then
the hope for such an age is in vain.
The forces we must face are formidable, but the only alternative is
annihilation. Still the man-made system cannot be corrected by any
means that requires one's will to be forced upon another, for that is
the source of the problem. If people are to correct themselves and their
leaders, the gulf between the two must disappear. To accomplish this
one can only rely on the energy of truth itself.
This approach, which is the foundation of the Hopi way of life, is the
greatest challenge a mortal can face. Few are likely to accept it. But once
peace is established on this basis, and our original way of life is allowed
to flourish, we will be able to use our inventive capacity wisely, to
encourage rather than threaten life, and benefit everyone rather than
giving advantage to a few at the expense of others. Concern for all living
things will far surpass personal concerns, bringing greater happiness
than could formerly be realized. Then all living things shall enjoy lasting
Written by Thomas V. Tarbet, Jr., and reviewed by a traditional messenger.
All rights concerning this publication are reserved by the author, with the
exception that it may be copied or transmitted by any means, provided
nothing is added or deleted, and provided it is not sold.
IF YOU VALUE THE DESTINY OF FUTURE GENERATIONS MORE THAN PERSONAL WELFARE,
PLEASE MAKE SURVIVAL OF THE HOPI
WAY YOUR PRIMARY CONCERN, AND LET THE SUCCESSFUL
RESOLUTION OF THEIR PLIGHT AT THE HANDS OF THE INDUSTRIAL
WORLD BE YOUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND GREATEST
For Further Information
Hopi contacts: Techqua Ikachi Publications
Box 174, Hotevilla, AZ. 86030
Thomas Banyaca, Interpreter
Box 112, Oraibi, AZ. 86039
The above is offered in memory of a dear, sweet, peaceful, and gentle man,
David Crockett Williams gear2000@...
PS: Thomas Banyacya also had a poignant sense of humor. When he visited
Santa Barbara in January 1990 for the Rainbow Uprising Campaign events,
while talking to some young people, he observed "I think those people in the
United States Government made some mistakes, and a mistake in spelling on
their dollar bill. When the white people came they went everywhere digging
up the earth to find gold. On the dollar bill it says 'In God We Trust' but
I think that they misspelled that and they left the 'l' out of 'In Gold We
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