In The Cavity of a Rock

In The Cavity of a Rock
Father Lehi

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hugh Nibley and the Sacred Hopi Stone Tablets

Old Oraibi
This post is out of the Neal A. Maxwell Institutes publication by Hugh Nibley entitled, "Promised Lands".  This is an exerpt directly from that
publication in regards to the times in which Hugh was honored to have been shown the sacred Hopi Stone Tablets.  This is a rare thing even for most Hopi let alone any Pahana (white people). Off of the top of my head I can only think of two other people that I know of who have seen them, one being Lance Richardson author of "The Message" and the other was an early LDS missionary who was a friend of Chief Tuba back in the early 1900's (1921 to be exact) named Elder C.L. Christianson.  Nibley also offers his thoughts on what they are and because I completely agree I will leave it at that and let the reading commence....enjoy I know I did.

One evening as it was getting dark I was passing by their (John and Mina Lansa) house, the northernmost
house in Old Oraibi, when Mina came out and beckoned me vigorously to come in. I wondered what I had done wrong, because new infringements of the whites were causing considerable tension. In the house the chief elders were seated all around the room. A small kitchen table and chair were in the middle of the room and a coal oil lamp was on the table. Mina told me to sit on the chair; then she went out of the room and soon returned with a bundle, something heavy wrapped in a blanket. She put it on the table and then unwrapped it. It was the holy tablet, the Hopi Stone, no less, the most sacred possession of the people. I knew what I was expected to do and started talking.

Anasazi Stone Tablets found at Mesa Verde
By an interesting coincidence I had spent the previous week in Cedar City with President William Palmer, a patriarch as well as stake president, who taught anthropology in the college there. He had been initiated into the Paiute tribe, and took me out to their sacred place in the plain southwest of Parowan. The building of the highway had put an end to the rites of initiation that once took place there, but President Palmer described the teachings and ordinances as far as was permitted. In particular he told the story of the descent of the Lord from heaven as if at that place, an event much like that described in 3 Nephi.

Tobats was the God of all Creation; his son Shinob was the peacemaker full of love and eternally young. One day the Evil One Un-nu-pit killed Shinob. At once a great darkness fell upon "Tu-weap," the whole earth. It was absolute blackness for three days. In this chaos and confusion everyone was groping around in howling and lamentation. Finally, a voice from the top of the mountain spoke; it was Tobats the Father. He told them to move about with outstretched arms, calling out to each other, and joining hands with whoever one touched. Thus they formed lines, and the lines were instructed to join with each other; people in the lines were to cry out for husbands and wives and children until all families had reformed. Then the noise ceased, and a voice told them to climb the mountain or mesa where Tobats was. They worked their way up the mountain, toiling in human chains and finally forming a huge circular formation on the top, with Tobats in the middle. Well, Tobats said he would shoot an arrow straight up (this is the well-known Indian and world-wide theme of the arrow chain to heaven). His arrow produced a tiny spark of light; but the second arrow brought light, which grew like an explosion until it flooded all the land. The blackbird and the flicker have been honored ever since because their feathers were used for the arrows—they are perpetual reminders of the great event. And thus the Indians typically reedit, according to the tribe and the land, those stories whose origin is lost in a distant past.

Hugh Nibley

There were many things on the Hopi Stone that are never shown in the sketchy reproductions of it, but the main items were the wanderings of the people and upheavals of nature, the arrow-chain to heaven and the light descending from the clouds. I started to explain things in terms of what I had learned from President Palmer a few days before. As I talked the elders began whispering among themselves with some animation. Suddenly Mina snatched the stone from the table, clutched it tightly, and said excitedly, "You are a smart man—but you don't know everything!" Was I on the right track? I suspect so, because some years later, in 1965, when I was wandering in the sad desolation of Oraibi, now emptier than ever, I was approached again with an invitation to come to the house and see the Hopi Stone again. When I got there, there was confusion and excitement; something had happened. We would have to call it off. Everyone was going to where the meeting of the Tribal Council had just been held. The Tribal Council was a creation of the BIA, compliant to the will of the powers of the East, whose authority the traditionalists had never recognized. They had just that day leased a tract of the sacred Black Mesa to the Peabody Coal Company. The company had generously offered to provide trailer houses for the entire tribe if they would move to Los Angeles. A more colossal culture gap could not be imagined.

Here it is necessary to speak of that strange passion for the land with which all Indians seem to be obsessed. This state of mind can best be explained by reference to the Book of Mormon. In his great sermon to the Nephites the Lord declares, "Behold, the covenant which I have made with my people is not all fulfilled" (3 Nephi 15:8). "And behold, this is the land of your inheritance; and the Father hath given it unto you" (3 Nephi 15:13). Again he tells them to "write these sayings after I am gone, . . . that these sayings which ye shall write shall be . . . manifested unto the Gentiles, that through the fulness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed, who shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief, may be brought in" (3 Nephi 16:4). We are to take note of what they have written, and it is this: "Verily, Verily, I say unto you, thus hath the Father hath commanded me—that I should give unto this people this land for their inheritance" (3 Nephi 16:16). The Hopi Stone, beautifully done on highly polished porphyr, is such a writing as the Nephites were ordered to make—a deed to the land. The Lord concludes with a final repetition: "And the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you this land, for your inheritance. . . . And if the Gentiles do not repent . . . after they have scattered my people, . . . the sword of my justice shall hang over them at that day" (3 Nephi 20:14—15, 20).

What could be clearer? This land has been given to that particular branch of Israel as an inheritance for their children in perpetuity—it is their sacred obligation to hold it for their children; they cannot possibly sell it or allow it to be taken from them. That would be unthinkable, and that we never seem to understand.


  1. hello,nice encounter you describe.
    the broken corner stone is in a location i alone know.the anasazi tablets are as the hopi tablets are maps that i can read and have followed to the conclusion.waiting permisssion to go pick up the stone from my brother.
    yes even i was shown the white tablet.
    i slept in old oriabi chief's home
    dana write me.

  2. I have been in a spiritual journey for 1000s of years. I will be coming home to my true Hopi people very soon. I am coming from the EAST but it is very slow. I bring with me two helpers, very smart. My son with very long hair, and my wife which I have helped strengthen the very spirt in her. I am growing along the way in so many ways, and intend to grow much more on the day I show up. I am the elder brother from father (THE GREAT SPIRIT) and I carry signs of my younger brother, BIRTH MARKS some would call them. It will be easy to read this and form the wrong opinion that I am not speaking truth. I promise when I show up you will hear of it. BAHANA The True White Brother. Tell the elders to be on top of thier houses for I will appear very soon. By Novembers end.

  3. Who wants the truth? Swastika is German Christianity decent. Maltese Cross is that of Irish Christianity. These two faiths were joined into marriages with Cherokee and Choctaw Christianity with nature decent. These were added together into one family and a child was born with a white Horse on his shoulder. The Child has thrown the Horse off of Shoulder, had his wife/pure Christian reality stolen by man eagle and Son of Light/Pahana, wants His wife back. So then, Pahana in turn, became righteous and pure through faith, in The Eternal living Christ frequencies and power of Jesus Christ, His Father, Blood and the Holy Spirits of Ascended Angels and Saints of God, Added unto the Suns; Light, energy, radiation, substances, Solar Flares and Coronal Mass ejections, making All things of new pure substances, even our food, animals and drink, and heres how. Having faith it was done on the cross for All existence physical and spiritual, already and by following Their words of truth and their righteousness and their purity, towards All past pressent and future. This has sent a seed from The Heaven of Heavens, to bring said Trinity, and add it unto the Sun. The Sun energy, light and substance then enters every water, air and light molecule, atom and element, existing in space and beyond, eternally and said purification, God, Blood and Spirit cannot ever be removed. This light of God enters our atmosphere, air and water, then grows our food and animals. Our 90% body of water, joins as one with God and purification, so does our 10% physical substance body, become one with God too. Food is His Flesh and Water is His Blood. We are, bodies of immortal eternal living Christ now. To those that don't believe, still have the same kind of body, but also still has free will to add whatever conscience they beleive in , to be inside of themself only, by the power of their own free will conscience knowing of truths accepted added unto self body of Christ. This takes mans anti-christ perishing knowledge of conscience in the universe and beyond, past pressent and future, and purifies it, pouring out, the Blood of Jesus Christ, upon All flesh and existence, spiritual and physical, eternally and nothing can stop God's will from performing it and staying this way, omnipressently and omnipotently having power over All existence, even death and hell shall be swallowed up by the light and will have to give up the dead and sleeping that are in them, and be given new life bodies. Pahana is, German, Indian and Irish, remade and transformed, of the Sun, and no longer the stars of energy and faith of what has passed, except that in which has passed and risen again, or has not passed but risen anyways, being One with God's righteousness. Now Pahana has risen with eternal covenant of righteousness and peace, eternally, that cannot be removed, nor can His judgement, mercy, Love and Power, forevermore, AMEN. I shall see you soon, with Heaven, DNA of Eden, and paradise on Earth, entered into All beings and Nature, passed pressent and future, In the Name Of My Lord Jesus Christ, AMEN! Blessings have been, poured out upon ALL.

  4. Hopi's prophecies are connected to thousands of Veer Brahmendra Swami's prophecies(India) which have come true and some in the near future. Hopi's are Vishwa Brahmin's which will reunite with India after their migration(predicted by Swami Veer Brahmendra in 16th century). Veer bhoga Vasant raya (Kalki avatar) is already born 1965 (July) and now training on Mahendragiri Mountains (Orissa) by his Guru(teacher) Lord Parashu rama and will live upto 180 years. The Blue star is the comet which will fall on earth in around 2025-30. When the chinese will conquer half of India and then challenge Kalki and then he will start conquering the world. Most of the predictions are about India and some about the rest of the world in which Hopis(Vishwa brahmins) from far West of India are mentioned and their uniting with us . There many predictions are given along with the year in which they will occur according to Indian calendar .The III World war will start from India. There are many wars after which the world will come under one rule. Let it be any race if they are just and good in their thoughts and deeds nothing will happen to them even in pralaya(great floods ie tsunamis). There will be Maha (great)Tsunamis in 2016 - 2019 affecting India. India is the only country which welcomes foreigners (eg Tibetians , Dalai Lama) and will be happy to welcome Hopi's.All Gods are one , its just his different manifestations through out the world for different groups of people. Follow any religion and you will follow the same God. Hundreds of God's (He will come to birth in many regions of the world and exist simultaneously) will take birth and will lead us to a better life killing the evils and It just happens that unlike Jesus was in West ,Kalki comes to birth in India and will destroy evils and unite the World and God's taking birth through out the world will help him undertake the task. Already happening is the prediction that Shakti(Godess) will destroy evils in Muslim countries prophecy predicted to be occuring from 1999 onwards and in West one more God will manifest and destroy evils later . Similarly many Gods are predicted to manifest in the world. But don't believe in them who call themselves as God. Because God will not tell that he himself is God to people but only reveal saintly people his identity. For actual prophecies and life story of Lord Veer Brahmendra in 16th or 15th Century visit.

    1. Shakti (Godess) is traveling in Muslim countries and will kill evils by meditation. Iraq wars, Afghan war,Somalia, Arab Spring all happened after 1999.

  5. Can you please tell me what the Hopi word for 'stone' is? Thank you.

    1. I think its "owa" but I could be wrong....this is similar to a jewel as well.