The Hopi Elder’s Prayer: A Message From the Hopi Elders


A Message from the Hopi Nation about the opportunity in front of us…

Missy Crutchfield and Melissa Turner
Founding Editors
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A Message From the Hopi Elders

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.

Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

Here are the things that must be considered:

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know our garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of  the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

See who is there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves!
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lonely wolf is over.
Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona, Hopi Nation

Thoughts on “A Message from the Hopi Nation about the Japan Earthquake”:

From oil spills and mountain top removal to environmental injustice in impoverished neighborhoods across the globe, the earth and its people have endured unbelievable abuse in the name of progress.

Indigenous peoples from around the world who live close to the earth and use its resources wisely, look on at modern industrial madness with a sadness for what has been lost but also with a hope for what can be regained, if we act now.

The Hopi Nation says,

“In this time of change, we ask all the people of the world to return to a more balanced way of life. Walk gently upon our earth with respect for her and all life.”

This message connects to Francis Ford Coppola’s haunting 1982 film “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” and the Hopi prophecy that inspired it:

  • “If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.”
  • “Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky.”
  • “A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.”

Koyaanisqatsi (from the Hopi language)
1. crazy life, 2. life in turmoil, 3. life out of balance, 4. life disintegrating, 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.

If you want to watch the FULL LENGTH YouTube video of “Koyaanisqatsi,” watch it here. It is awareness-changing.