HOPI ENVIRONMENTAL LESSON PLAN OUTLINE
1. Why study the Hopi?
2. DVD Part One: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI
3. Hopi history
4. Hopi prophecy
5. DVD Part Two: EARTH SPIRIT
6. News from protests worldwide.
7. Scientific prediction
8. Field research
9. Study & Discussion Questions
10. Action evaluation
This LESSON PLAN is designed for more than one class hour and can be accompanied, supported, and motivated by the 80-minute DVD film trilogy PROPHECY & POLLUTION about oil and mining exploitation and including Hopi history and prophecy. Available at
This Lesson Plan is online with all the url addresses listed here live and connected at
1. WHY STUDY THE HOPI?
PREPARATORY READING AND DISCUSSION
American history taught in our schools and colleges omits the one American society with the most outstanding record of peaceful co-existence ever in human history. . . .
No other society since the rise of agriculture has ever enjoyed anything near a millennium of peace . . .
Similarly, the accuracy of Hopi prophecy is unmatched by any other prophecy. There are many Doomsday predictions based on moral and spiritual failings, but the Hopi prophecy is directed specifically against mining and drilling into the Earth.
. . . following the history of the Hopi and their ancient prophecy could serve as a spiritual example for a simple life which may be the only way to control the present danger of global warning and save human society.
Source: Alan Gorg: Global Warming & Indigenous Wisdom
For the full text, see
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2. DVD film Part One: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI
In this documentary film is described the kidnapping and indoctrination of Hopi children but also a return to Hopi tradition.
3. HOPI HISTORY
Pueblo Indians occupied most of what is now Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona for centuries and built and later abandoned many pueblo towns. The Hopi town of Oraibi is the oldest continuously occupied spot in the western hemisphere, with ruins dating back over a thousand years.
The Hopis became known to the Europeans in 1540 when Coronado dispatched Franciscan friars to visit the Hopi villages. The Hopis have seldom resorted to arms and even today accept the impositions of visitors with courtesy. Nevertheless, the Spanish failed to convert the Hopis to Christianity.
The Hopi people have never entered into a treaty with any European or American government from that time to the present. The harsh desert helped keep the Spanish at bay, and the Mexican government and later the United States government made no further efforts at armed conguest.
Eventually, however, in the late nineteenth century, the U.S. moved in agents. The government and missionaries persuaded many Hopis to send their children to school as a means to gain material wealth.
Sources for study:
4. HOPI PROPHECY
For the traditional voice from Hopi history and response to the exploitation of their sacred Black Mesa by Peabody Coal , study
Here is immediate proof of the accuracy of Hopi prophecy:
|Today’s climate news from around the world||
March 8, 2013
Recent heat unlike anything in 11,000 years. A look at 11,000 years of climate temperatures shows the world in the middle of a dramatic U-turn, lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike. Scientists say it is further evidence that modern-day global warming is the result of rising carbon dioxide emissions since the Industrial Revolution began. Associated Press
FROM THE BEGINNING OF LIFE TO THE DAY OF PURIFICATION:
“. . . you are leaving my protecting arms and destroying yourselves. From the breast of your mother, the Earth, you receive your nourishment, but she is too dangerously ill to give you more food. What will it be? . . .
Will you cure your mother’s ills?”
Entire text at www.hopiland.net/prophecy/katch-1.htm
5. DVD film Part Two: EARTH SPIRIT
In this docudrama, traditional indigenous people warned by prophecy protest exploitation and pollution of their land and water by mining interests.
6&7. NEWS REPORTS & SCIENCE SOURCES
URLs for some news reports from protests around the world and science sources bearing on the impending global environmental disaster can be found at
8. RESEARCH: BLACK MESA
Black Mesa is not black and not a mesa, but is the high area where the Hopi and Dineh now live and for the past half a century has been the site of many continuing protests by many community groups against Peabody Coal Company.
For a history of Black Mesa:
For the current situation at Black Mesa:
To connect to the action with Black Mesa Indigenous Support:
9. STUDY AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
The lesson is best presented in two class sessions.
First session studies history and shows DVD Part One.
Second sessions studies prophecy, the future and DVD Part Two.
The study and discussion questions can apply whenever appropriate.
Suggested for required reading: BIG COAL: THE DIRTY SECRET IN AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE by John Goodell, published by Houghton Mifflin.
1. What is necessary for a happy life?
2. How little could you get by with and still feel life is okay?
3. Can you be happy in spite of severe difficulties?
4. Beyond the material necessities, what more is required for a decent life?
5. Just how bad is the carbon crisis? And how soon?
6. Can global warming be controlled by conservation & alternative energy?
7. Just how much must society and people change?
8. Can consumer capitalism survive?
9. Are economic development and environmental protection ultimately incompatible?
10. What can be done about materialistic motivations in our social system?
11. What is to be done about the situations of indigenous peoples whose land is being exploited and polluted by oil and mining interests?
10. ACTION EVALUATION
Success with this lesson is measured by the extent of student actions that seek to benefit the environment and protect the future.