With science and mythology coming together astrologically, earth based faiths including but not limited to Native American and Pagan theology are addressing the environment. Old religion is not a new concept but the movement to live “green” and to walk gently on the earth is now a trend. Earth based faiths have always honored nature as do the Hopi of Arizona. There is an opportunity to view one of the oldest communities who still honor the old religions. Vision Quest Bookstore of Scottsdale, Arizona has a once in a lifetime( limited availability) tour to Old Oraibi and Dawn Park to visit the living history of the Hopi tribe.
The indigenous people of Arizona, the Hopi, have had their share of struggles to preserve their heritage. The sacred traditions and rituals handed down by their grandfathers have remained true to the original teachings for more than 4000 years. The Hopi tribe are referred to by the nations as “the peaceful people”. Prior to 1,100 years ago the Hopi were a traveling nomadic tribe, never staying in one place longer than a season. The Hopi followed a moving star to each location they camped. Suddenly the star stopped and disappeared. The star halted here in Arizona between the San Francisco Peaks and Tuba City. The Hopi declared this area as the holy land. Three mesas consist of the majority of land held sacred by the Hopi, as are the San Francisco Peaks.
The third mesa is where Old Oraibi is located. This mesa dwelling was founded in 940 AD. This thriving community remained unknown to European explorer until 1540. Don Pedro de Tovar encountered the Hopi at Oraibi while searching for the mythological “Seven Cities of Gold”. The Coronado Expedition moved on without interference in the lives of the Hopi.
Interference with the traditions and culture of the Hopi occurred in 1629 when monks from the San Franciscan built a mission in Oraibi. The interference and conversion of some of the Hopi citizens created what was called the Pueblo Revolt. A good number of Hopi moved out and created different villages which embraced the new philosophy.
Oraibi survived, although weakened by the loss of population; the old traditions were held sacred and remained. With all the struggles to persevere, the U.S. Government declared the well-established community a reservation in 1870 and assigned an Indian agent to teach the heathens how to live within the now government run reservation. With the agent came more missionaries who kidnapped children from their homes and converted them to Christianity. Again the traditional elder’s revolted. More converted members of the Hopi tribe established the city of Kvkotsmovi. This city now offers hotels, restaurants, gift shops and tour guides to the second mesa pueblo dwellings.
Old Oraibi remains traditional. The old mission is among the ruins. Oraibi has been declared the oldest continuously inhabited community in America and is on the National Historical Registry. There is still no running water or electricity to the community. The traditional ways, rituals and ceremonies continue. Oraibi is an enigma frozen in time.
There is a once in a lifetime opportunity (although reservations are extremely limited) to have a guided tour of Old Oraibi by a knowledgeable tour guide and a walking tour of Dawa Park, which reveals over 12,000 petroglyphs dating back to the Anasazi ancestors. A Hopi elder as well as Native American metaphysical teacher and UFO researcher, Apollo, will be your guides. The trip will be on August 17th. The cost is two hundred dollars which includes transportation, education and tour. To reserve your seat contact Apollo at 480-233-5883. The tour will leave Vision Quest Bookstore at 7 AM and return to Phoenix that evening. Time is a factor in securing your seat on this most interesting tour.
Oraibi is an ancient mystical pueblo village worth the travel on back roads to visit. Visitors are welcome to view the ruins and continue on to Dawn Park for a hike thorough history. Although the prospect of attending the Vision Quest group are slim, other opportunities are available through the fall. Watch for any upcoming tours.
The traditions of the Native Americans and Wicca are now logically viewed by scientists as necessary to save the planet. History reports atrocities committed in the name of religion, even today. The old ways and the old teachings of honoring and worshiping nature have suffered a barrage of “converters”, who wish to “save’ the heathens from nature’s faith to religious dogma.
The Earth asks not to be worshiped but nurtured; she still needs Stewart’s to protect the environment from harm. Become a guardian of nature and become enlightened to the new age.
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