Hopi Elder Speaks
been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now
you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered . . .
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your 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."
Then he clasped
his hands together, smiled, and said, "This could be
a good time!"
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 they are torn apart and will
river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of
the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our
eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is
in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history,
we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey
comes to a halt.
for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word
struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary. All that we
do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
"We are the
ones we've been waiting for."
-- attributed to
an unnamed Hopi elder
"You may have
noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and
that is because the Power of the World always works in circles,
and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we
were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from
the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was
unbroken, the people flourished.
tree was the living center of the hoop, and the circle of
the four quarters nourished it. The East gave peace and light,
the South gave warmth, the West gave rain, and the North with
its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance.
came to us from the outer world with our religion. Everything
the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is
round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball,
and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power,
whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the
same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth
and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and
both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their
changing, and always come back again to where they were. The
life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and
so it is in everything where power moves. Our teepees were
round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in
a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the
Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children."
Black Elk Speaks, 1932