DIRECTOR ALAN GORG’S STATEMENT
The Hopi elders changed my life. I had been in many civil rights demonstrations during the sixties, but nothing impacted me like the 90-year-old Hopi man throwing himself in front of a bulldozer, risking his life to stop electricity from coming to the last traditional Hopi village of Hotevilla. Capitalism and communism were competing savagely to prove which could better provide such modern conveniences to the most people. The Hopi traditionals were opting out of the game. They would have to pay for those services by exploitation and pollution of their land.
Photography was prohibited at that scene on the Hopi reservation, so our documentary footage was limited, but the incident provided the nucleus of our docudrama film EARTH SPIRIT, where prophecy like that of the Hopi and other indigenous peoples warns against exploitation and pollution of their lands. Arizona has seen many decades of protests and demonstrations by the Hopi and Dineh against pollution of the land and ground water by uranium mining. Today those demonstrations are more frequent and growing stronger.
Issues of James Kots’ newsletter TECHQUA IKACHI (“Land and Life”) can be found on the internet. http://www.jnanadana.org/hopi/issue_21.html
James was co-creator for AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI.
We combined the two stories into a single film, as the docudrama did develop out of the short. We use that same slogan TECHQUA IKACHI also taken by our Committee for Traditional Indian Land and Life in the late sixties and early seventies.
The Hopi elders educated me, but by example. They never tried to teach nor evangelize their beliefs, but I saw while staying among them their hospitality and kindness. They endured many abuses of their hospitality but never reacted in anger. I found autobiographical accounts of Hopi childhood I learned their record of a thousand years of peace, which makes the records or so-called civilized societies look barbaric. The Hopi endured blazing hot summers and freezing winter storms in one of the harshest deserts to produce a society far more mellow than ours. But as the film indicates, money is persuasive. Most of the Hopi people appreciated the traditional point of view but, like most people everywhere, want what modern industry can provide.
Another eye-opener the Hopi elders gave me was their rejection of the democratic system of voting for a federally created Tribal Council. I came to agree with them that majority rule can be tyranny of the many over the few. Traditionals operate by consensus. Disagreements are worked out by compromise. They would go down into their underground kiva and not come back out until the matter was resolved to the agreement of all.
We were even motivated to become small farmers and did so for nearly ten years, but found like the Hopi, that family farming is an extremely tough way to make a living in the face of modern agribusiness.
The DVD is available at http://www.indieflix.com/films/techquaikachi
More information at techquaikachi.wordpress.com.
Our educational movie PROPHECY&POLLUTION (80 minutes) addS to TECHQUA IKACHI a third part THIRD WORLD INVESTMENT SEMINAR (34 minutes) presenting horrific images from the exploitation of lands of indigenous peoples across America and Africa.. Downloads are available from WatchBox;