Focus: the Hisatsinom (ancestral Pueblo people of the American Southwest,
i.e., the Anasazi, the Sinagua, the Hohokam, etc.), the Hopi, the Maya and other Mesoamerican tribes, rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs), especially from the Four Corners region archaeology of the forenamed peoples, archaeoastronomy, astronomy pertaining to Orion.
The following links are by no means comprehensive, and are added as time and energy permit.
Tatooine's twin suns - coming to a planet near you just as soon as Betelgeuse explodes
news.com.au, January 19, 2011
•Betelgeuse losing mass •Explosion will create "new sun" •May be set for 2012 appearance
Here is an earlier report: Betelgeuse: The incredible shrinking star?
New Scientist, June 10, 2009
My lengthy article (PDF) discusses the implications for 2012: Seeing Red
Rock Art Redefines ‘Ancient’
New York Times, David Page, December 18, 2009
Mr. [David S.] Whitley estimated that there may be as many as 100,000 images carved into the dark volcanic canyons above the China Lake basin, some as old as 12,000 to 16,000 years, others as recent as the mid-20th century.
Walking Into the Earth’s Heart: The Grand Canyon
New York Times, Henry Shukman, November 29, 2009
“ I have heard rumors of visitors who were disappointed,” J. B. Priestley once said of the Grand Canyon. “The same people will be disappointed at the Day of Judgment.”
'Hardwired' to create rock doodles; professor says ancient art was 'an instinct'
The Daily Courier, Bruce Colbert, Novermber 9, 2009
PRESCOTT - Images pecked in stone hundreds to thousands of years ago could be for religious reasons, to mark territories or simple doodles such as those still made today by children and adults. That is according to Dr. Ekkehart Malotki, a preeminent researcher into the history of rock art. "Creating art is a distinct piece of our biological make-up," he told about 50 people Saturday during his lecture at Deer Valley Rock Art Center. "It is an instinct." [Doodles? Oh well..]
Scientist Tries to Connect Migration Dots of Ancient Southwest
New York Times. George Johnson, June 29, 2009
CASAS GRANDES, Mexico — From the sky, the Mound of the Cross at Paquimé, a 14th-century ruin in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, looks like a compass rose — the roundish emblem indicating the cardinal directions on a map. About 30 feet in diameter and molded from compacted earth and rock taken near the banks of the Casas Grandes River, the crisscross arms point to four circular platforms. They might as well be labeled N, S, E and W... Follow his gaze 400 miles north and you reach Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, a major cultural center occupied from about A.D. 900 to A.D. 1150 by the pueblo people known as Anasazi. Despite the distance, Dr. Lekson believes the two sites were linked by an ancient pattern of migration and a common set of religious beliefs.
Final Days Fire Sale
New York Times, Timothy Egan, December 13, 2008
Well before it was a bumper sticker and a chant at Sarah Palin rallies, “drill, baby, drill” became the overriding mission of the political hacks who oversee more than 200 million acres of public land for Bush. At a frantic pace, they have opened up to oil and gas leasing canyons of golden slickrock, mesas once known only to hunters and pronghorn antelope, and little hideaways near the open-aired art galleries of the Anasazi.
ADOT unearths ancient village at Cordes Lakes
The Daily Courier, Steven Ayres, November 8, 2008
Some are calling it one of the more significant Central Arizona archaeological finds in years. While performing a planning study for a new traffic interchange at Cordes Junction in 1998, the Arizona Department of Transportation came across a sizable scatter of surface artifacts lying adjacent to the current interchange. In May, a team of archaeologists called in to study the find unearthed the remains of a colonial Hohokam village, inhabited from approximately AD 800 to AD 850, perhaps earlier and perhaps later, containing as many as 60 houses.
Down Canyons and Up Cliffs, Pursuing Southwest’s Ancient Art
New York Times, Anne Minard, September 8, 2008
In his mid-60s, Ekkehart Malotki, a retired linguistics professor, willingly dangled from a rope tied to a car that was backed to the edge of a cliff. A half-dozen times, he descended with his rope, photographed the cliff face and climbed back up.
Energy Boom in West Threatens Indian Artifacts
New York Times, Kirk Johnson, August 2, 2008
The dusty documentation of the Anasazi Indians a thousand years ago, from their pit houses and kivas to the observatories from which they charted the heavens, lies thick in the ground near here at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Less than a fifth of the park has been surveyed for artifacts because of limited federal money. Much more definite is that a giant new project to drill for carbon dioxide is gathering steam on the park’s eastern flank. Miles of green pipe snake along the roadways, as trucks ply the dirt roads from a big gas compressor station. About 80 percent of the monument’s 164,000 acres is leased for energy development.
Buried Dogs Were Divine "Escorts" for Ancient Americans
National Geographic News, Anne Casselman, April 23, 2008
Hundreds of prehistoric dogs found buried throughout the southwestern United States show that canines played a key role in the spiritual beliefs of ancient Americans, new research suggests.
WSU Researchers Study Fate of an Ancient American Southwest Civilization
Salem-News, February 21, 2008
Using computer simulations to synthesize both new and earlier research, a team of scientists led by a Washington State University anthropology professor has given new perspective to the long-standing question of what happened more than 700 years ago to cause the ancestral Pueblo people known as the Anasazi to abruptly end their 700-year-long occupation of the now-famous cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and other nearby communities in southwestern Colorado.
Skinwalkers: What Are They?
Colm Kelleher and George Knapp, The Daily Grail, August 10, 2007
With skinwalkers becoming the subjects of popular books and recently, movies, it is fair to ask about their origins. In August 1996, a team of scientists arrived on a remote ranch in NE Utah to investigate a bizarre litany of phenomena; including unidentified flying objects, animal mutilations, paranormal and poltergeist occurrences that appeared to erupt almost on a nightly basis.
Is Ancient People's End a Warning for the Future?
Elizabeth Shogren, Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR, July 29, 2007
As modern officials try to assess the risk global warming might present to the American Southwest, they're paying a lot of attention to what scientists say about how climate changes affected the region's ancient past.
A Past Worth Preserving
Richard Moe, March 31, 2007, New York Times, Opinion
For thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived, there were people on this continent who represented highly developed civilizations and who were proficient in art, architecture, agriculture and astronomy. These were the first Americans, and their story is also part of our common heritage.
Grand Canyon Skywalk opens deep divide
Julie Cart, LA Times, February 11, 2007
Arizona's Hualapai Tribe hopes to draw more visitors with a controversial structure that will jut over the crevasse.
Leupp residents report another UFO sighting in nighttime sky (Leupp, Arizona is about 40 miles south of Hopi Third Mesa.)
Navajo Hopi Observer, January 30, 2007
Each of the witnesses described the object as triangular with three or four tiers. On the underside of the craft was a sphere with a pulsating light.
Scholars swim in choppy waters
Barry Bergman, Public Affairs, UC Berkeley News, August 3, 2005
Did Polynesians visit Southern California many centuries ago? The evidence — some fishhooks, a boat design, and a few words in common — is limited. But to some those clues are tantalizing, even persuasive.
Footprints of 'first Americans'
Paul Rincon, BBC News, July 5, 2005
A team of scientists came to this controversial conclusion by dating human footprints preserved by volcanic ash in an abandoned quarry in Mexico.
Did ancient Polynesians visit California? Maybe so.
San Francisco Chronicle, June 20, 2005
Scholars revive idea using linguistic ties, Indian headdress.
Camera scoops amazing Orion snaps
BBC News, December 23, 2004
Astronomers have produced some amazing pictures using a remarkable new instrument on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope in Hawaii.
Thornborough Orion Correlaion Threatened!
Heritage Action: Preserving Ancient Sites in Britain and Ireland
Thornborough may well be Britain's most important henge monument. Sign the petition!
Satellite Imagery Measures of the Astronomically Aligned Megaliths at Nabta Playa
T.G. Brophy (EMCS Consulting), P.A. Rosen (California Institute of Technology)
The American Astronomical Society, oral meeting January 5, 2004
New star emerges from dust cocoon
BBC News Online,, February 12, 2004
A star is born in the M78 reflection nebula of Orion. See NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.
(Also check out the cool blue "Reflecting Dust Clouds of Orion" at the same site.)
Science wins ancient bones battle
BBC, February 5, 2004
Is the Kennewick Man actually Capt. Picard back from the future?
'Oldest star chart' found
BBC News, January 21, 2003
Mammoth tusk sliver found in German cave depicts Orion. Carbondated between 32,500 and 38,000 years ago.
Was Maya Pyramid Designed to Chirp Like a Bird?
National Geographic Today, Bijal P. Trivedi, December 6, 2002
Researchers investigate acoustical phenomena in Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan.
Eclipse brings claim of medieval African observatory
New Scientist, December 2, 2002
On the morning of the winter solstice three bright stars in Orion rise over three of the monoliths in the Great Zimbabwe.
Muddy Mayan Mystery Made Clearer By Researchers Working in the 'Bajos'
University of Cincinnati, July 22, 2002
A Mayan find, Indiana Jones-style
The Christian Science Moniter, March 14, 2002
One of the most significant finds in the past 20 years involving the ancient civilization of the Maya.
Star-Crossed Ideas of How Pyramids Came to Point North
The New York Times, August 28, 2001
Challenge to Dr. Kate Spence's theory. (See Nov. 15, 2000 article below.)
Among the Mayas, Writers For Defeated Kings Met a Cruel Fate
Ohio State Research News, August 20, 2001
Politics of the ancient Maya rested on the written word
John Noble Wilford, San Francisco Chronicle, July 21, 2001
The Earliest Americans
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 15, 2001
9,500-year-old skeleton forces scientists to consider whether Polynesians helped to populate America
Oldest city in the Americas
BBC News, April 26, 2001
Birthplace of civilization in the Americas?
Barren world of stars
BBC News, April 27, 2001
The Quick and the Dead: Planetary formation in the "hostile environment" of the Orion Nebula
Evolutionists Battle New Theory on Creation (Science Section)
Evolutionists Battle New Theory on Creation (National Section)
New York Times, April 8, 2001
Intelligent Designer Genes?
[Nota bene: As New York resident scholar Zecharia Sitchin (author of The 12th Planet and many other volumes) pointed out on the Art Bell Coast-to-Coast radio program on the evening of April 19, the New York Times is engaged in blatant censorship. In the sixth paragraph of an April 8th article on the so-called "intelligent design theory," the phrase "...possibly involving extraterrestrial intelligence..." that appeared in an earlier edition was deleted in a later edition. On the newspaper's web site, this phrase appears in the article found in the Science section, but in basically the same article found in the National section this phrase is missing. Why should E.T. intelligence suddenly become outré?]
Inside the City of the Black Tiger
BBC News, January 25, 2001
Ek Balam: The Tallest Mayan Pyramid, the "Gate of Hell," and an equinox alignment.
Pyramids lined up with the stars
BBC News, November 15, 2000
A theory on how the Egyptian pyramids were aligned to true north, and when.
Ice Age Star Map Discovered
BBC News, August 20, 2000
Star map found in the caves at Lascaux suggests that their inhabitants were cognizant of the zodiac-- 11,000 years before the Sumerians! On one of the maps an exquisite rendering of a bull was painted adjacent to a representation of the Pleiades.
How Hopi Chief Lololomai Prays
--for the victims of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks,
for their families, for the rescuers and volunteers,
but also for the perpetrators and hate mongers,
for those of every faith and those of none,
in truth, for us all--
"When Lololomai, the chief, prays,
how does he pray? Will you tell us?"
"He goes to the edge of the cliff
and turns his face to the rising sun
and scatters the sacred cornmeal.
Then he prays for all the people.
He asks that we may have rain
and corn and melons
and that our fields may bring us plenty.
But these are not the only things
for which he prays. He prays
that all the people may have health and long life
and be happy and good in their hearts.
And the Hopis are not the only people
for whom he prays. He prays
for everybody in the whole world.
And not people alone.
Lololomai prays for all the animals.
And not animals alone.
Lololomai prays for all the plants.
He prays for everything
that has life.
That is how Lololomai prays."
Adapted from The Indians' Book by Natalie Curtis.
Gary A. David, 9/15/01
Satan's Calling Card:-- September 11: A Date to Remember
by Robert Bauval
Graham Hancock Message Boards, February 8, 2002
an article on the Masonic symbology of 9/11
What Osama Bin Laden Doesn't Want YOU to Know About the Phoenicians and the Jews!
Read this surprising article at ViewZone
by Gene D. Matlock, B.A., M.A.
World Trade Center
September 11, 2001
--a poem by Judy Platz
How do our dead find us?
Do they call us by name
remembering how we said we would signal
if anything untoward should happen,
but were still here listening.
Is a thought emailed by angels
or do our dead communicate directly
and we hear them, as they call out
from a fog bank of a thousand thoughts
raining down in the accumulating ash and cinder
whose pieces pummeled the air turning it black
as it cascaded down and down
this snow that contained our dead
that settled at our feet, a hush covering.
How do we signal to comfort them
because we know they would wish to be with us
and their going was so swift. Do we know what circulates in thought in the last minutes?
What images stick like an overgrown thistle logged in,
in the soul; how do we adjust to understand
and does the soul forget, or does trauma at passage
become a reel of film that plays over and over.
And did they have time to recognize in their knowing
they had to leave us,
that our missing them would circulate again and again
as the years go forward.
Do we hear our dead call
in the quiet shush of leaves that rustle
behind our backs,
so, startled for an instant,
we have to turn around and look;
or in the unexpected slant
of wrens head and clear eye
that looks directly into ours
as it pauses on our window sill,
and then flies on.
Now we are, all of us,
who tuck in their children gently
and with reverence each gathering night.
We do not hold lightly their sorrows
but take them up and cradle their grief in dream
and dream joys for them.
So too, our dead cradle us in dream
and dream for us joys
that passeth all understanding
that drift over us like soft flakes
of pure white snow, messages from the sky.
we watch the snow fall
Oct. 20, 2001
Judy Platz is an adjunct college teacher of English, lives in the country where she tends the woodstove and grows food. Poetry books published are: Tending the Dark and The Silence of Light.
"Now go shopping!"
Edd (Dona's husband)
--on the recent e-mail hoax re. the predicted Halloween mall bombings
It is not now, nor has it ever been, one's patriotic duty to "go shopping." If this is what love for one's country is, then I don't want any part of it. Whenever possible I avoid malls because they give me the creeps, so I certainly would not go to one on Halloween. The Mall of the Americas and its ilk are not the essence of the United States, even though consumerism and conscience are synonymous in the minds of many. Our president advises "business as ususal," albeit with a heightened sense of vigilance. This is a fallacy. Nothing will ever be "normal" again. These events appear to be a manifestation of the current geo-karmic cycle and the fulfillment of Hopi prophecy, I'm afraid. We might be able to "buy time" with good works, such as the heroic deeds of the rescue workers at Ground Zero or the small, anonymous, altruistc acts of the past month that confirm the notion that, as some have said, we are indeed spiritual beings merely having a physical experience on this planet. However, we will never be able to stay the inevitable by buying things.
I would like to quote from "Spiral Gate: the Arc of the Covenant," one of my own essays that I published in August on this web site.
"Many Hopi elders must surely feel that the world's spirals are wobbling out of control, as the prophesied end of the Fourth World approaches. We need look no further than our ubiquitous TV screens to see that Grandmother Earth is in turmoil. Environmental degradation on diverse fronts, multiple species extinction, inexplicable genetic mutations, radically shifting weather patterns, more frequent and more devastating hurricanes/tornadoes/floods, global warming with elevated levels of "greenhouse gases," one energy crisis after another triggering "rolling blackouts," increased seismic and volcanic activity, lethal epidemics and pandemics, aberrant human and animal behavior, daily terrorist attacks, oxymoronic "holy wars," the constant threat of chemical and biological warfare, proliferation of nuclear materials, transnational machinations with Machiavellian motives, local political subterfuge resulting in widespread citizen apathy, factional massacres, "ethnic cleansing," mass cult suicides, school shootings, "road rage," increased numbers of paramilitary groups and individual arsenals, addiction to the pornography of media violence or unseemly trivialities, rising prison populations, social chaos and anomie, mental and emotional exhaustion, increased psychosomatic illnesses, religious disorientation and uncertainty, disregard for humanistic or humanitarian principles, widening schisms between social classes causing increased inequities, dire poverty and famine on one hand and conspicuous consumption and opulent wealth on the other, unrestrained avarice and power mongering justified by glib cynicism within a moral vacuum, an almost total disregard for the Golden Rule-- the dismal litany goes on and on, all of it symptomatic of the End Times. Hopi elders did not need technology, however, to envision what is now upon us. They foresaw it long ago in their humble kivas, and have been preparing for the final Purification. It is much like the scenario described in W.B. Yeats' apocalyptic poem "The Second Coming:
'Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
'Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?'
"As we have seen, the Spiral, or "gyre," is the elemental gate between worlds, realms, dimensions, individual life spans. Perhaps our current onus should be to help stabilize the dipole of the revolving/evolving axis which the Hopi warrior twins are keeping in precarious balance. Maybe the center can hold, if only we abide by the Arc of the Covenant and heed the hermetic maxim "As Above, so Below." If we manage to do this, the Creator just might let us walk a while longer upon the Spiral's numinous path."
I think Yeats' poem was never as important during his lifetime as it is now. The "best" and the "worst" of us are commingled, while we struggle to make sense of these chaotic times. Thus, let us show some compassion when each of us, in one instance or another, fluxes between the extremes.