Hopi Elders
Messages to the World

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         Cry of the Earth Conference
      General Assembly, United Nations
             November 22, 1993

          by Martin Gashweseoma
Hopi Caretaker of the Sovereign Hopi Nation
                 Box 753
           Hotevilla, AZ 86030

We come here from the Sovereign Hopi Nation
to attend the "CRY OF THE EARTH" conference
at the United Nations. We are proud that you
have opened the door for us. My name is
Martin Gashweseoma.  As Hopi, we have come
here to present our message which is about
how we first came here from the previous
world. The Hopi way is to lead a good life
and through our ceremonials and mediations,
we take care of this land and life. We still
have the sacred stone tablets given to us by
the Spider Woman. This is our title and deed
to this world, and it was given to us with
the life plan to follow, and with strong
instructions and serious warnings. It was a
good life. When the rains came and brought a
lot of mois- ture, then our crops would yield
enough for all living beings, including the
ants, animals, birds, plants and human kind.

Before leaving the previous world, we came up
here to ask permis- sion from the Great
Spirit, Massau'u, if we could live here with
him because the world down below had become
corrupted. He told the people "It is up to
you if you are willing to live with full
respect for my way of life." They said, "Yes
we are willing to live your way." So with his
consent we came here, into this new world.
This world is where the Great Spirit,
Massau'u, first appeared to all first
peoples, and gave them their instructions and
rules to follow. Then the Spider Woman laid
before them ears of corn of different colors,
from which to take their sustenance and
livelihood. The greediest people hurried to
pick out the longest ears. But the Hopi,
being the most humble waited until last and
chose the shortest ears of corn. Spider Woman
then gave all the peoples their instructions.
She also gave each group of people their own
language and name and told them to migrate to
every corner of this continent leaving their
footprints, clan markings, and ruins to claim
this land. Those who found the Great Spirit,
Massau'u, first would become the leaders of
those who would come later. So they migrated
all over this land.

Before the migrating peoples arrived at the
place where the Great Spirit, Massau'u,
lives, he used to take walks nearby his home.
Coming back home, bringing back violet
flowers, he dropped them along the way. After
discovering he had dropped the violet
flowers, he went back to look for them, but
the flowers had already been found by the
Horny Toad Woman. The Great Spirit, Massau'u,
asked if she would give it back but the Horny
Toad Woman refused. Instead, she told him
that in time there would be a crisis in this
world, with which he would need help. At that
time she would be there with her steel helmet
to help. Meaning that someday if the Hopi got
into trouble, a group of people with the
steel helmet would help them.

It was the Hopi who found the Great Spirit,
Massau'u, first. On meeting him they asked
him where he lived. He told them that he
lived at Orabi. He did not give its full name
which is Sip Orabi, which means the place
where the earth was made solid.  They asked
the Great Spirit, Massau'u, if he could be
their great leader. But the Great Spirit,
Massau'u, saw in them that they still had
selfish desires and many evil intentions. He
did not want to be their great leader until
they fulfilled all their desires. He would
then be their first leader and the last.

The Great Spirit, Massau'u, let the first
group or clan who had found him live there
with him and settle down. After that, each
subsequent group of people who came to settle
in Orabi after their migrations were allowed
to stay based on judgement of their character
and how they had traveled when they were
searching for the Great Spirit, Massau'u.
Those who were boastful and arro- gant were
sent away to the east. Those of humble and
sincere hearts were allowed to stay and keep
the ceremonials in the proper manner to
ensure rain for the crops and all living
things.  After this was settled, all the
things that were to come were told to the
first people in Orabi by the first people
that came from the under world. And these
understandings or prophecies as they are also
called were continued, passed on from
generation to generation from that day to

The people were told of another race of
people who would come to this land and claim
it as their own land. We were told not to
accept anything these people would offer to
us, but it will tempt us and be hard to
resist. They would be intelligent and the
inventors of many things. Now we realize that
these people are the light-skinned people,
the Bahanas. We were told of something that
would come that would be pulled by animals,
meaning wagons or carts. And ones that would
run very fast, meaning automobiles and other
motorized vehicles. We were told of the land
being cut up by long roads and fences, and of
highways that would be built in the sky. And
that women would adopt male clothing. And
that the secret of women, with clothing,
covered, would no longer be secret, but be
revealed and exposed....

When this happens, all the world leaders and
all the people will be corrupted and will not
know whom to look for direction to correct
this corruption. When all this happens, it
will mean that we are all nearing the end.
Then the wars will come about like powerful
winds, and will spread from country to
country and bring Purification or Destruction
to this world. The more we turn away from the
instructions of the Great Spirit, Massau'u,
the more signs we see in the form of
earthquakes, floods, drought, fires,
tornadoes, as Nature makes ready her revenge.
All of this will happen at one time along
with the wars and corruption. We see this now
as young children become angry, killing each
other and their parents. They show no
respect. We are all corrupt.

If this Purification does not materialize
then the world will turn over 4 times and
will leave only ants here to start a new
life. Before people came to this world they
were sick, just as today, we are sick from
all this corruption. Now we are seeking a way
to solve our present situation. This is the
last world, we are not going anywhere from
here. If we destroy this, the highest world,
which is like heaven, we will be given no
other chances. Let us consider this matter
seriously so that this world is not
destroyed, so that we can continue to live
and save this land and life for the
generations to come.