A Great Hopi Poem: The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

Thomas Banyacya

You have been telling the people,
That this is the eleventh hour.
Now, you must go 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 the right relationship?
Where is your water?
Know your garden …

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
Do not look outside yourself for a leader.

There is 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 onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
And will suffer greatly.

Understand that the river knows 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,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!

At this time in history,
We are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves!
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to an end.
The time of the Lone Wolf is over!

Gather yourselves!
Banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done,
In a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are all about to go on a journey,
We are the ones we have been waiting for!

-Thomas Banyacya Sr. (1910-1999);
Speaker of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan
Elder of the Hopi Nation

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6 thoughts on “A Great Hopi Poem: The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

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  3. Hello Sara – thank you, it is very beautiful. For some time I have been researching this passage and I would be very grateful if you could let me know the source that attributes the letter to Thomas Banyacya Sr. (1910-1999); Speaker of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan, Elder of the Hopi Nation. I am not challenging your source but rather searching a way of verifying it for the purposes of my own writing and speaking.
    Many thanks
    Mac

    • Hi Mac! It’s no problem at all. Honestly, I’m not even sure if the source I got it from was a legitimate one — but still, I’ll try to recall what it was and share it with you once/if I can find out. – Sara

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