The Prophecies of the Hopi
As you wind your way through the prophecies on this site
and those you may find elsewhere, you would do well to pay particular
attention to the accuracy of those of the Hopi People. Their
prophecies are not written in obscure, archaic language, hidden
away in dusty tomes. Hopi Elders pass these warnings to the next
generations through word of mouth and with reference to ancient
rock drawings and tablets, keeping track of those that have been
fulfilled and paying close attention to warning signs.
The following portion is from The Book of the Hopi
by Frank Waters. This tidbit of Hopi prophecy, probably the only
portion shared with whites at the time, has been reproduced many,
many times and is usually the first glimpse of Hopi Prophecy
that one encounters when researching the subject.
Emergence to the Fifth World
"The end of all Hopi ceremonialism will come when
a Kachina removes his mask during a dance in the plaza before
uninitiated children. For a while there will be no more ceremonies,
no more faith. Then Oraibi will be rejuvenated with its faith
and ceremonies, marking the start of a new cycle of Hopi life.
"World War III will be started by those peoples who
first revealed the light (the divine wisdom or intelligence)
in the other old countries (India, China, Islamic Nations, Africa).
The United States will be destroyed, land and people, by atomic
bombs and radioactivity. Only the Hopis and their homeland will
be preserved as an oasis to which refugees will flee. Bomb shelters
are a fallacy. "It is only materialistic people who seek
to make shelters. Those who are at peace in their hearts already
are in the great shelter of life. There is no shelter for evil.
Those who take no part in the making of world division by ideology
are ready to resume life in another world, be they Black, White,
Red, or Yellow race. They are all one, brothers.
"The war will be 'a spiritual conflict with material
matters. Material matters will be destroyed by spiritual beings
who will remain to create one world and one nation under one
power, that of the Creator.'
"That time is not far off. It will come when the Saquasohuh
(Blue Star) Kachina dances in the plaza and removes his mask.
He represents a blue star, far off and yet invisible, which will
make its appearance soon. [Some Hopi spokespersons suggest that
Hale-Bopp is the Blue Star.] The time is foretold by a song sung
during the Wuwuchim ceremony. It was sung in 1914 just before
World War I, and again in 1940 before World War II, describing
the disunity, corruption, and hatred contaminating Hopi rituals,
which were followed by the same evils spreading over the world.
This same song was sung in 1961 during the Wuwuchim ceremony.
"The Emergence to the future Fifth World has begun.
It is being made by the humble people of little nations, tribes,
and racial minorities. 'You can read this in the earth itself.
Plant forms from previous worlds are beginning to spring up as
seeds. This could start a new study of botany if people were
wise enough to read them. The same kinds of seeds are being planted
in the sky as stars. The same kinds of seeds are being planted
in our hearts. All these are the same, depending how you look
at them. That is what makes the Emergence to the next, Fifth
"These comprise the nine most important prophecies
of the Hopis, connected with the creation of the nine worlds:
the three previous worlds on which we lived, the present Fourth
World, the three future worlds we have yet to experience, and
the world of Taiowa, the Creator, and his nephew, Sotuknang."
White Feather, Bear Clan
"The Fourth World shall end soon, and the Fifth World
will begin. This the elders everywhere know. The Signs over many
years have been fulfilled, and so few are left.
"This is the First Sign: We were told of the coming
of the white-skinned men, like Pahana, but not living like Pahana
-- men who took the land that was not theirs and who struck their
enemies with thunder. (Guns)
"This is the Second Sign: Our lands will see the coming
of spinning wheels filled with voices. (Covered wagons)
"This is the Third Sign: A strange beast like a buffalo
but with great long horns, will overrun the land in large numbers.
"This is the Fourth Sign: The land will be crossed
by snakes of iron. (Railroad tracks)
"This is the Fifth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed
by a giant spider's web. (Power and telephone lines)
"This is the Sixth Sign: The land shall be criss-crossed
with rivers of stone that make pictures in the sun. (Concrete
roads and their mirage-producing effects.)
"This is the Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea
turning black, and many living things dying because of it. (Oil
"This is the Eighth Sign: You will see many youth,
who wear their hair long like our people, come and join the tribal
nations, to learn our ways and wisdom. (Hippies)
"And this is the Ninth and Last Sign: You will hear
of a dwelling-place in the heavens, above the earth, that shall
fall with a great crash. It will appear as a blue star. Very
soon after this, the ceremonies of the Hopi people will cease.
(U.S. Space Station Skylab, which fell to Earth in 1979. According
to Australian eye-witnesses, it appeared to burn blue.)
"These are the Signs that great
destruction is here: The world shall rock to and fro. The white
man will battle people in other lands -- those who possessed
the first light of wisdom. There will be many columns of smoke
and fire such as the white man has made in the deserts not far
from here. Those who stay and live in the places of the Hopi
shall be safe. Then there will be much to rebuild. And soon,
very soon afterward, Pahana will return. He shall bring with
him the dawn of the Fifth World. He shall plant the seeds of
his wisdom in our hearts. Even now the seeds are being planted.
These shall smooth the way to the Emergence into the Fifth World."
Another Hopi prophecy warns that nothing should be brought
back from the Moon. If this were done, the Hopi warned, the balance
of natural and universal laws and forces would be disturbed,
resulting in earthquakes, severe changes in weather patterns,
and social unrest. All these things are happening today, though
of course not necessarily because of Moon rocks.
On August 7, 1970, a spectacular UFO sighting was witnessed
by dozens of people and photographed by Chuck Roberts of the
Prescott Courier. This occurred after a "UFO calling"
by several Hopi Indians and was interpreted by some Hopis as
being a partial fulfillment of a certain inscribed on Second
Mesa, warning of the coming of Purification Day, when the true
Hopi will be flown to other planets in "ships without wings."
The survivors of the Great Deluge thousands of years ago
split up into four groups that moved in all four directions.
Only one group completed their journey -- to the North Pole and
back -- under the guidance of a brilliant "star" in
which the Great Spirit Massau'u traveled. Upon landing, he drew
a petroglyph on Second Mesa, showing a maiden riding in a wingless,
dome-shaped craft. The petroglyph signified the coming Day of
Purification when the true Hopi will fly to other planets in
"ships without wings."
The Hopi also predicted that when the heart of the
Hopi land trust is dug up, great disturbances will develop in
the balance of nature, for the Hopi holy land is the microcosmic
image of the entire planet; any violations of nature in the Four
Corners region will be reflected and amplified all over the Earth.
Martin Gasheseoma said recently that Hopi "elders
told us that when the plants blossom in the middle of winter,
we would need to go to Santa Fe to warn everyone of suffering
and destruction to come unless they change their ways. Last year,
in the middle of winter the plants began to blossom."
How much suffering and destruction will accompany the time
of the purification, and what will be its end result? Martin
Gasheseoma foretells judgment in front of a big mirror
and death to those who are evil and wicked, with only a handful
of people surviving in every nation overseas who will then come
to this continent, "which we call heaven."
"All the suffering going on in this country with the
tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes is carried on the breath of
Mother Earth because she is in pain," says Roberta Blackgoat,
an elder of the Independent Dineh (Navajo) Nation at Big Mountain.
She explains that the Four Corners area is particularly sacred
because it literally holds Mother Earth's internal organs --
coal and uranium which the Bureau of Indian Affairs has allowed
the Peabody Coal Mine to mine. "They are trying to take
her precious guts out for money," says Blackgoat. "My
grandfather told me that coal is like the liver, and uranium
is both the heart and lungs of Mother Earth." Hopi and Navajo
traditionalists are fighting the mining.
These life and death matters will be determined when Pahana
returns, and theories abound as to Pahana's identity. Since Pahana
has also been called the White Brother, and since he is
to return from the east, Hopi of past centuries wondered whether
he could have been a Spaniard or an Anglo and devised tests for
determining the true Pahana, including knowledge of the greeting
of brotherhood, similarities of religious beliefs, and possession
of the missing piece of the stone tablet. Many were tested, including
Catholics, Baptists, and Mormons, but none passed to the satisfaction
of traditional Hopi.
Prophecies to be Fulfilled
-- Dan Evehema, Hopi Elder
[From various sources -- chiefly The Hopi Survival Kit
by Thomas E. Mails]
"The time will come when from the earth will arise
a mystic fog which will dilute the minds and hearts of all people.
Their guidelines of wisdom and knowledge will falter, the Great
Laws of our Creator will dissolve in the minds of people. Children
will be out of control and will no longer obey the leaders, immorality
and the competitive war of greed will flourish.
"When the end is near, we will see a halo of mist
around the heavenly bodies. Four times it will appear around
the sun as a warning that we must reform, telling us that people
of all color must unite and arise for survival, and that we must
uncover the causes of our dilemmas. Unless man-made weapons are
used to strike first, peace will then come.
"So the time will come when we will experience late
springs and early frosts, this will be the sign of the returning
"We believe militarism is born out of injustice, poverty
and ignorance where absolute governments refuse to hear the grievances
of minorities. So the people resort to violence, demonstrations
and even terrorism when they see no other way to be heard. What
can we do when our world leaders and the people are acting like
fools in attempts to solve the problems confronting us? Once
again we will quote the prophecy of our Elders. We hope it will
interest you so that you will be more aware of it because it
has been happening for some time.
"According to prophecy, the day will come when people
in high places will be hunted. This will get out of control.
The hunting will gather strength and spread. This situation might
even erupt on our land. Finally, this will lead us to the Biblical
version of Armageddon (the Hopi version is closely related).
A final decisive battle between good and evil. This will occur
under one God or Chief. The prophets say we will speak one language
and that this will happen in Hopiland, in the village of Oraibi
, where the new life plan will be drawn, in the pattern and cycle
of religion. Here also a final decision will be made for the
wicked. They will be beheaded and speak no more. If this does
not materialize there will be a total destruction through the
acts of man or nature. Then new life will begin from a girl and
a boy. This is a frightening prophecy and will not be supported
"It is in the prophecies of the Hopi that in a case
like this the Navajo may help our cause. Also the Bahannas or
the Paiute Tribe may help. We doubt that the U.S. Government
will easily concede our sovereignty.
"There are two water serpents, one at each pole with
a warrior sitting on his head and tail. These command nature
to warn us by her activities that time is getting short, and
we must correct ourselves. If we refuse to heed these warnings,
the warriors will let go of the serpents; they will rise up,
and all will perish.
"We are much concerned about the climate. No one seems
to be able to predict the weather accurately from day to day.
However, we know according to our time markers that it is past
due for certain seeds to be planted at their proper time. In
recent springs, we were reluctant to plant due to the late snow
and cold weather. Once more maybe our ancient prophecy is right,
that one day we will plant wearing finger sacks (gloves) clearing
away snow with our feet before planting. The summers will become
shorter for maturing the corn for harvest. The result is anybody's
"The question is, will this occur the world over?
This would depend on the geographical areas. In the regions with
different climates, things will happen in different ways. For
instance, tropical land could become a land of ice, and the Arctic
region could become tropical. This may occur during a pole shift
according to Bahanna's concept. But this need not happen if we,
the people, get our leaders to do something about the harmful
things being done to the environment.
"It is said that, if the future generations find out
that we did nothing to preserve the good ways, they might throw
us from our houses into the streets. This suffering will be of
our own making. The lack of peace in our own spiritual being
could trigger the revolution. Our True White Brother might come
and find we have forsaken the sacred instructions. Then he will
whip us without mercy.
"Let us take a look into the future through the eyes
of our prophets. Hopi were instructed to tell of the Great Purification
just ahead of a time when Humankind would once again become highly
civilized, tending to become careless and leading us to self-destruction.
They said that, along the way, the industrialized world will
have certain problems. People will be uncomfortable because of
the changing times, and they will have to make adjustments to
find new life styles.
"Industrialized nations will become careless in getting
more the resources out of the earth. Believing all these things
will last forever, soon natural resources will be depleted. Fuel
shortages will occur; industrial machinery will come to a standstill.
The machinery used for planting, harvesting and transport will
become useless. Supermarket shelves will become empty of farm
produce. The farmers and those who grow their own food will not
sell their produce. Money will become worthless. The white man
(Bahanna) with all his intelligence and technology will not be
able to repair the damage. We will see extraordinary events in
Nature and Earth, including humans: Modern man looks upon old
wisdom and knowledge as dead, useless and no longer respected.
"Modern man depends on the money system and no longer
on Mother Earth for food. According to prophecy when this happens
Mother Earth will hide her nourishment because of the view that
ancient food is poor man's food. When all food disappears, modern
man will try to correct his mistake, the conditions he caused
upon the earth through his inventions. He will try to achieve
some kind of method to heal the wound, but this will not be possible
when we reach the point of no return.
"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 and carry a heavy responsibility. The
pattern is simple. "The whole world will shake and turn
red and turn against those who are hindering the Hopi."
"This prophecy is related to the Biblical version
of that which may yet come to pass. It goes on to say that common
people will become concerned and frustrated because of their
hectic world. They will be particularly against the bloodthirsty
policies and the deceitfulness of the world leaders. The common
people the world over will band together to fight for world peace.
They will realize that their leaders have failed. People in high
places will be hunted down like animals, perhaps through terrorism.
In turn leaders will retaliate and begin hunting each other.
This condition will gather strength and spread far and wide.
It will get out of control the world over. Revolution could erupt
on our land.
"The liberators will come in from the west with great
force. They will drop down from the sky like rain. They will
have no mercy. We must not get on the house tops to watch. They
will shake us by our ears, like children who have been bad. This
will be the final decisive battle between good and evil. This
battle will cleanse the heart of people and restore our Mother
Earth from illness, and the wicked will be gotten rid of.
"If this fails to materialize, our Great Creator through
nature will do the task according to their [sic] plans. It could
be total destruction in any form. Only brother and sister will
survive to begin a new way of life. This prophecy is frightening
and doubtful. Perhaps it is of no value to most people.
"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 for many years. This would be
the sign for a certain Hopi to bring out the teachings in order
to warn the world that the third and final event would happen
soon and could bring an end to all life unless people correct
themselves and their leaders in time.
"The final stage, called The Great Day of Purification,
has 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 know which. But the choice is yours; 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 in order to survive.
"The reality that it will be very violent is now almost
taken for granted among Traditional Hopi, but man still may 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
"The man-made system now destroying the 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 destroying the 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, the hope for
such an age is in vain.
"Since mankind has lost peace with one another through
conflict due to the new ways, the Great Spirit, the Great Creator,
has punished the people in many ways. Through all of this there
was always a small group who survived to keep the original ways
of life alive. This small group is comprised of those who adhere
to the laws of the Creator, who keep the spiritual path open,
out from the circle of evil. According to our knowledge we are
not quite out of the circle.
"Now we enter the time of testing that only the Great
Creator can confirm. The alignment of the planets, we were so
kindly informed of by the star watchers has been awaited by the
Hopi. As the time nears, the predicted behavior of the people
accurately describes the behavior of people in the 1990's. When
the end is near, we will see a halo of mist around the heavenly
bodies. Four times it will appear around the sun as a warning
that we MUST reform.
"Ambitious minds will decrease, while the
people of good hearts, who live in harmony with the earth, will
increase until the earth is rid of evil. If the Hopi are right,
this will be accomplished and the earth will bloom again. The
spiritual door is open. Why not join the righteous people? The
Horny Toad Woman gave Massau'u a promise that she would help
him in time of need, saying she too had a metal helmet. After
the Hopi have fulfilled their pattern of life, Massau'u will
be the leader, but not before, for He is the First and He shall
be the Last."