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Nearly 3 years before I was born...


THE HOPI MESSAGE TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

December 10th, 1992


BY THOMAS BANYACYA, KYKOTSMOVI, ARIZONA


The presentation by Mr. Thomas Banyacya, the final speaker, was

preceded by three shouts by Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Six

Nations, and first speaker of the day. The shouts were a spiritual

announcement to the Great Spirit of the of the people assembled and

the intention to give a message of spiritual importance.


Thomas then sprinkled corn meal next to the podium of the General

Assembly and made a brief remark in Hopi that translates as

follows:


Hopi Spiritual leaders had an ancient prophecy that some day world

leaders would gather in a Great House of Mica with rules and

regulations to solve the world problems without war. I am amazed to

see the prophecy has come true and you are here today! But only a

handful of United Nations Delegates are present to hear the Motee

Sinom (Hopi for First People) from around the world who spoke here

today.


(In English:) My name is Banyacya of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan

and I am a member of the Hopi sovereign nation. Hopi in our language

means a peaceful, kind, gentle, truthful people. The traditional Hopi

follows the spiritual path that was given to us by Massau'u the

Great Spirit. We made a sacred covenant to follow his life plan at

all times, which includes the responsibility of taking care of this

land and life for his divine purpose. We have never made treaties

with any foreign nation, including the United States, but for many

centuries we have honored this sacred agreement. Our goals are not

to gain political control, monetary wealth nor military power, but

rather to pray and to promote the welfare of all living beings and

to preserve the world in a natural way. We still have our ancient

sacred stone tablets and spiritual religious societies which are

the foundations of the Hopi way of life. Our history says our white

brother should have retained those same sacred objects and

spiritual foundations.


In 1948, all traditional Hopi spiritual leaders met and spoke of

things I felt strongly were of great importance to all people. They

selected four interpreters to carry their message of which I am the

only one still living today. At the time, I was given a sacred

prayer feather by the spiritual leaders. I made a commitment to

carry the Hopi message of peace and deliver warnings from

prophesies known since the time the previous world was destroyed by

flood and our ancestors came to this land.


My mission was to open the doors of this Great House of Mica to

native peoples. The Elders said to knock four times and this

commitment was fulfilled when I delivered a letter and the sacred

prayer feather I had been given to John Washburn in the Secretary

General's office in October, 1991. I am bringing part of the Hopi

message to you here today. We have only ten minutes to speak and

time is late so I am making my statement short.


At the meeting in 1948, Hopi leaders 80, 90 and even 100 years old

explained that the creator made the first world in perfect balance

where humans spoke one language, but humans turned away from

moral and spiritual principles. They misused their spiritual powers

for selfish purposes. They did not follow nature's rules.

Eventually the world was destroyed by sinking of land and

separation of land by what you would call major earthquakes. Many

died and only a small handful survived.


Then this handful of peaceful people came into the second world.

They repeated their mistakes and the world was destroyed by

freezing which you call the great Ice Age.


The few survivors entered the third world. That world lasted a long

time and as in previous worlds, the people spoke one language.

The people invented many machines and conveniences of high

technology, some of which have not yet been seen in this age. They

even had spiritual powers that they used for good. They gradually

turned away from natural laws and pursued only material things and

finally only gambled while they ridiculed spiritual principles. No

one stopped them from this course and the world was destroyed by

the great flood that many nations still recall in their ancient

history or in their religions.


The Elders said again only a small groups escaped and came to this

fourth world where we now live. Our world is in terrible shape

again even though the Great Spirit gave us different languages and

sent us to four corners of the world and told us to take care the

the Earth and all that is in it.


This Hopi ceremonial rattle represents Mother Earth. The line

running around it is a time line and indicates that we are in the

final days of the prophecy. What have you, as individuals, as

nations and as the world body been doing to to take care of this

Earth? In the Earth today, humans poison their own food, water and

air with pollution. Many of us, including children, are left to

starve. Many wars are still being fought. Greed and concern for

material things is a common disease.


In this western hemisphere, our homeland, many original native

people are landless, homeless, starving and have no medical help.


The Hopi knew humans would develop many powerful technologies that

would be abused. In this century, we have seen the First World War

and the Second World War in which the predicted gourd of ashes,

which you call the atomic bomb, fell from the sky with great

destruction. Many thousands of people were destroyed in Hiroshima

and Nagasaki.


For many years there has been great fear and danger of World War

Three. The Hopi believe the Persian Gulf War was the beginning of

World War Three but it was stopped and the worst weapons of

destruction were not used. This is now a time to weigh the choices

for our future. We do have a choice. If you, the nations of this

Earth, create another great war, the Hopi believe we humans will

burn ourselves to death with ashes. That's why the spiritual

Elders stress strongly that the United Nations fully open the door

for native spiritual leaders as soon as possible.


Nature itself does not speak with a voice that we can easily

understand. Neither can the animals and birds we are threatening

with extinction talk to us. Who in this world can speak for nature

and the spiritual energy that creates and flows through all life?

In every continent are human beings who are like you but who have

not separated themselves from the land and from nature. It is

through their voice that Nature can speak to us. You have heard

those voices and many messages from the four corners of the world

today. I have studied comparative religion and I think in your own

nations and cultures you have knowledge of the consequences of

living out of balance with nature and spirit. The native peoples of

the world have seen and spoken to you about the destruction of

their lives and homelands, the ruination of nature and the

desecration of their sacred sites. It is time the United Nations

used its rules to investigate these occurrences and stop them now.


The Four Corners area of the Hopi is bordered by four sacred

mountains. The spiritual center within is a sacred site our

prophecies say will have special purpose in the future for mankind

to survive and now should be left in its natural state. All nations

must protect this spiritual center.


The Hopi and all original native people hold the land in balance

by prayer, fasting and performing ceremonies. Our spiritual Elders

still hold the land in the Western Hemisphere in balance for all

living beings, including humans. No one should be relocated from

their sacred homelands in this Western Hemisphere or anywhere in

the world. Acts of forced relocation, such as Public Law 93-531 in

the United States, must be repealed.


The United Nations stands on our native homeland. The United

Nations talks about human rights, equality and justice and yet the

native people have never had a real opportunity to speak to this

assembly since its establishment until today. It should be the

mission of your nations and this assembly to use your power and

rules to examine and work to cure the damage people have done to

this Earth and to each other. Hopi Elders know that was your mission

and they wait to see whether you will act on it now.


Nature, the First People and the spirit of our ancestors are giving

you loud warnings. Today, December 10, 1992, you see increasing

floods, more damaging hurricanes, hail storms, climate changes and

earthquakes as our prophesies said would come. Even animals and

birds are warning us with strange change in their behavior such as

the beaching of whales. Why do animals act like they know about the

earth's problems and most humans act like they know nothing? If we

humans do not wake up to the warnings, the great purification will

come to destroy this world just as the previous worlds were

destroyed.


(Thomas and Oren Lyons held up a picture of a large rock drawing

in Hopiland)

This rock drawing shows part of the Hopi prophecy. There are two

paths. The first with technology but separate from natural and

spiritual law leads to these jagged lines representing chaos. The

lower path is one that remains in harmony with natural law. Here we

see a line that represents a choice like a bridge joining the

paths. If we return to spiritual harmony and live from our hearts,

we can experience a paradise in this world. If we continue only on

this upper path, we will come to destruction.


Its up to all of us, as children of Mother Earth, to clean up this

mess before it's too late.


The Elders request that during this International Year for the

Worlds Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations keep that door open

for spiritual leaders from the four corners of the world to come to

speak to you for more than a few minutes as soon as possible. The

Elders also request that eight investigative teams visit the native

areas of the world to observe and tell the truth about what is

being done and stop these nations from moving in this self-

destructive direction.


If any of you leaders want to learn more about the spiritual vision

and power of the Elders, I invite you to come out to Hopiland and

sit down with our real spiritual leaders in their sacred Kivas

where they will reveal the ancient secrets of survival and balance.


I hope that all members of this assembly that know the spiritual

way will not just talk about it, but in order to have real peace

and harmony, will follow what it says across the United Nations

wall: "They will beat their swords into plowshares and study war no

more." Lets, together, do that now!



Epilogue


The night before the presentations of the native people from around

the world to the General Assembly, there was a total eclipse of the

moon over New York City and the sky was clear. The evening after

the presentation by Mr Banyacya and the other native spokespersons,

heavy rain and strong wind began. The weathermen had been calling

for a snowstorm but what came the following day were the worst

floods in New York's memory. Major highways were washed away by the

sea and the United Nations itself experienced flooding of its lower

subfloors, forcing a shutdown of its heating and air conditioning

and all personnel were dismissed at three o'clock.


In the ground floor meeting room, where on December 11, native

peoples were meeting representatives of various UN agencies, Thomas

Banyacya spontaneously called on all the participants, including UN

officials, to form a great circle. All the Elders were in the

center and Thomas called in some non-native people as well. Each

silently said a prayer. The forming of the circle of unity of all

people from the four corners of the Earth was more than just a

symbolic act. One participant said she had never felt herself to be

in such a safe place. Later, several people present noted that no

further storm damage occurred in Manhattan and that the storm

itself abated that afternoon.