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The Hopis’ Elder White Brother

Expanded Chapter from Yates’ Old Souls in a New World

© Donald N. Yates 2005-2015

 

Old Souls in a New World, by Donald N. Yates

Published September 2013 by Panther’s Lodge

Cherokee Chapbooks #7

104 pp.

 

What if the history of America’s largest Indian nation is actually a polite modern fiction, one invented by “anthropologists and other friends”? In this sweeping revisionist study of the Cherokee Indians, a scholar trained in classical philology and the new science of genetics discloses the inside story of his tribe. Combining evidence from historical records, esoteric sources like the Keetoowah and Shalokee Warrior Society, archeology, linguistics, religion, myth, sports and music, and DNA, this first new take on the subject in a hundred years guides the reader, ever so surely, into the secret annals of the Eshelokee, whose true name and origins have remained hidden until now. The narrative starts in the third century BCE and concludes with the Cherokees’ removal to Indian Territory in the nineteenth century, when all standard histories just begin. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Jews, Romans and Phoenicians have long departed from the world stage. The Cherokee remain after more than two thousand years and are their heirs.

 

About the Author

Donald N. Yates was born in Cedartown, Georgia. He attended Stetson University, University of Vienna, University of Freiburg, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a Ph.D. in classical studies with a concentration on Medieval Latin Studies. His books include The Bear Went over the Mountain, Los Lunas Decalogue Stone and Old World Roots of the Cherokee. With Elizabeth C. Hirschman, he authored The Early Jews and Muslims of England and Wales:  A Genetic and Genealogical History. He lives in Colorado.

“The Hopis’ Elder White Brother” (chapter from Old Souls in a New World, by Donald N. Yates, Panther’s Lodge Publishers, 2013)

 

Summary

Ever since publication of The Book of the Hopi in the 1960s the legends of the Hopi Indians of Arizona have been central to any discussion of diffusionism and the origins of North American Indians. In this, the first chapter of a new book about Greek, Egyptian and other Mediterranean cultural traits in the Cherokee Indians, it is suggested that the nucleus of the tribe we now know as the Hopi can be traced to Egypt, that the Hopi worldview contains elements of Hellenistic science and philosophy and that many of the religious terms used in their ceremonies are based on the ancient Egyptian language. The Hopis and the Cherokee, in other words, are related and share roots in the Old World of classical antiquity.

 

1 THE HOPIS’ ELDER WHITE BROTHER

 

History is nothing but the soul’s old wardrobe.

Heinrich Heine

 

“All the lights in the House of the High Priests of American Anthropology are out; all the doors and windows are shut and securely fastened (they do not sleep with their windows open for fear that a new idea might fly in); we have rung the bell of Reason, we have banged on the door with Logic, we have thrown the gravel of Evidence against their windows; but the only sign of life in the house is an occasional snore of Dogma. We are very much afraid that no one is going to come down and let us into the warm, musty halls where the venerable old ideas are nailed to the walls.”

These biting words were penned by Harold Sterling Gladwin in Men out of Asia, the famous archeologist’s most popular non-technical work. Published in 1947, Gladwin’s book presented a maverick view of the peopling of the Americas, identifying five migrations of diverse races including Negrittoes and Austronesians to the New World. Heretically, he placed the first migration as early as 25,000 years ago and argued that the earliest colonists were Australoid.

The reaction of his colleagues in the anthropological establishment was stony silence, tinged with harumphs and pshaws of injured pride. Gladwin illustrated Men out of Asia with droll cartoons by Campbell Grant making fun of the sacred keepers of knowledge at the Peabody Museum at Harvard, Carnegie Foundation and Smithsonian Institution. In one, the dean of Southwest and Maya archeology Alfred V. Kidder is depicted as Dr. Phuddy Duddy sitting in academic robes atop a factory whistle sounding the alarm of illogical chronology. In another, a bespectacled Gladwin and his tweedy friend Professor Earnest Hooton of Harvard are shown in the academic doghouse “by request.”

The Establishment is still uncomfortable about Gladwin, who died in 1983 after a distinguished career of more than sixty years. Although willing to praise his meticulous fieldwork on the Hohokam at Snaketown and exacting methodologies developed at the research center he founded at Gila Pueblo outside Globe, Arizona, they do not know quite what to say about his conclusions and hypotheses, which grew more adamant toward the end of his life. The destroying angel of unorthodox theories, Stephen Williams of the Peabody Museum, can only think that Gladwin succumbed to his “whimsies” and grew soft-headed in his old age. “I have always regarded Men Out of Asia,” Williams loftily declares in Fantastic Archeology, “as a sort of spoof.”

Thomas Mills lived for many years on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona, where he and his mother opened and operated the Cultural Center at Second Mesa. A close friend was White Bear, the traditionalist who helped Frank Waters compile The Book of the Hopi in 1963. Mills was on familiar terms with other elders, kiva chiefs and artisans. In 2001, he wrote a little book of his own called The Truth. It was an attempt to reconcile some of the conflicting answers he had received from his sources.

How did a desert-dwelling, isolated people know of the earth’s spherical shape and rotation in space? What was the long journey in boats from across the sea they spoke of? And who were the Ant People they took refuge with after the destruction of the first, second and third worlds? Eventually, Mills felt he had some answers from Egyptian religion. He came to believe that the Hopi were Egyptians, old souls in Native America, charged with the task of praying for the safety of the world. The delicate balance of affairs in human destiny depended on a Hopi prayer feather or paho.

Paho seems to be an Egyptian word (pw). Embedded in Hopi customs and rituals are apparently many traces of ancient Old World civilizations. I thought of a time several years ago when Hopi elders David Mowa and Ronald Wadsworth came to give a talk at the university where I was teaching. I noticed David preferred to sleep on the floor in our guest room instead of the pullout bed. That was quite Indian, of course, but his act of leaving a crust of bread on the piano bench when he departed was not. This practice is rooted in the ancient Greek religious gesture of offering bread and milk to the household gods in a strange home.

Author Hamilton Tyler noted several Greek customs among the Pueblo Indians. The plinth-like figure of Masaw evokes the armless guardian statues or herms used by the Greeks as boundary markers. Hermes is both god of roads and boundaries and conductor of the dead to the underworld. “A number of students of Pueblo religion,” Tyler admitted, “have remarked that it was something like Greek religion.” Yet after uncovering astonishing analogies between the two religions, he concluded that “there is no actual connection between these two gods who lived centuries apart and on different sides of the globe.”

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Bird Ogam In Ancient America

By, John J White, III and Beverley H Moseley, Jr.

Originally published in The Midwestern Epigraphic Society Journal

 

Our interests include many aspects of ancient culture and cultural diffusion. We are inclined to report on specific artifacts found in books and museums that are relevant to our investigations. Waiting for some organized package of data to arise is quite impractical. While surveying books of interest at the State Library of Ohio in Columbus, we identified two cases of bird petroglyphs that may be rebuses for Ogam inscriptions. Examples of each are shown in Figures 1 and 2, respectively, and we make no claim that these artifacts have not been republished by others with the same idea in mind. We have not seen Burrows Cave artifacts with this particular rock art style, although birds and snakes are plentiful. Figures 3 and 4 show two side views of a Bird Mother statue with multilingual inscriptions including some Ogam lettering. Figures 2-4 are line drawings by BH Moseley.

Figure 1 is a wonderful bird artifact having uneven stroke feathers that are comparable with many examples of Ogam writing translated by the late Professor Barry Fell. The suggested lower Mississippi location is exellent for an interpretation of writing by visitors with Keltic and Carthaginian heritage during the Roman era. Dr Peet called this figure a Thunder Bird, but we prefer to recognize the Earth Mother as a bird symbol accompanied by her Earth Father consort symbolized by the serpent.

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Figure 1. This is an alleged Thunder Bird rock drawing, probably from the lower Mississippi River basin (from SD Peet, The Mound Builders. 1903.). Notice the snake figure and the Ogam strokes.

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Kush/Eshi/Obatala – The Inventor of Ogam

 

CATHERINE ACHOLONU, DIRECTOR – CATHERINE ACHOLONU RESEARCH CENTER, ABUJA (www.carcafriculture.org)

SUMMARY:

Osiris was a universal god known all over the world by different names. He was the first Christ long before the days of Jesus and Chrisna. His equivalent entity in India was Rama. He lived in Atlantis as its first priest-king. Filial rivalry caused him to leave Atlantis even before it fell and relocate to West Africa, a nearby land. There he build a city among the native Igbo cave-men and settled among them in anonymity and peace. But it was not to last because soon his fame reached world-wide and trouble came calling. Atlantis fell but Osiris, whom the native Igbo forest people called Eshi (from the root of the word Sirius), recorded the knowledge of Atlantis on stone and hid them (365 of them) in forests of ancient Nigeria. Edgar Cayce’s Readings confirm this. Osiris also left writings on bronze and copper, which were excavated in the 1950s by a young British archaeologist, called Thurstan Shaw. The goods found there would have filled an entire museum, yet it was not even a piece of the ice berg. A monarch’s grave was found who wore a regalia beaded with a whooping 111,000 coloured carnelian (glass) beads, a crescent copper crown with lozenge and zigzag cuttings, a copper breast-plate, beaded armbands, anklets made of rows of copper spirals. This was certainly no ordinary mortal, nor was Igbo Ukwu an ordinary civilization, but one of international ramifications, which must be sought in mythology and world History books. We therefore began the process of analysing the finds and the emblems in order to figure out whether Igbo Ukwu could well be that Pre-historic city which Osiris was reputed to have built in the Forest in the days of the Deluge – It was. Igbo Ukwu was in fact ancient Heliopolis, the capital of mythological Egypt otherwise known as Punt/Panchea.

The term Negro is derived from an ancient word Nagas, designating the most ancient Black race that populated the continents of Africa and, originally, also of Atlantis, who, according to legend, migrated from a sunken continent which in ancient records was known as Mu or Lemuria. Nagas are called the Lords of Fire and their symbol is the serpent or the fire-spitting serpent, otherwise called the dragon. In the ancient Tibetan epic story of the Birth of the Universe – Stanzas of Dzyan the “The Sons of Fire” are called “the Instructors” of the Sons of God and their emblem is “the Dragon of Wisdom”- the Mother whose nature is the spiraling whirlwind – the Swastika. Stanzas 11-12 of this timeless Tibetan epic hidden in the ancient caverns of the Himalayas, translated in part by Helen Blavatsky (The Secret Doctrine), speaks about “the First Great Waters” before the Deluge of Noah:

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Remarkable Monuments of Southern Alberta

by Warren W. Dexter, FES, DFFMES, Elkhart, Indiana

 

Originally published in The Midwestern Epigraphic Journal, Volume 17, Number 1, 2003

 

HODO or DOLMEN

Just west of the WRITING ON STONE PROVINCIAL PARK in southern Alberta, Canada is located a wonderfully positioned DOLMEN appearing like a lighthouse that can be observed for miles.  It is high above the Milk River, named in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark expedition as they were passing up the Missouri River where the Milk River enters because of the coloring of the Milk River with sand sediment.

The DOLMEN was originally a HODO made into  DOLMEN by fracturing a hole in the center of the base by humans.  This can be observed from the up-stream side and shows that it is not an opening made from erosion.  At the same time at the level just to the left we see what looks like three pillars.  This is a carved form instead of an inscribed form of the name (B-L) of the ancient god BAAL in the ancient alphabet (vowelless) OGAM.  There are only two places that I have found the name of the God BAAL in this alphabet engraved as on this Pillar (bar relief), the other being on Etruscan burial hut urns in western Italy.

This is one of the two reasons that I assume that this DOLMEN was purposely made as a memorial to the Canaanite God BAAL.  The second reason is on a site about ten miles up stream on the Milk River, 65 ft. high above the river on a bluff stands the so-called OGAM PILLAR with two sculptured heads.

 

OGAM PILLAR

The Ogam Pillar site is located about 15 miles east of the town of Milk River in southern Alberta, Canada.  It is on a bluff 65 feet above the MIlk River which arises on the eastern border of Glacier National Park in the state of Montana and flows north across the Canadian border then parallel to the border and reenters the United States to join the Missouri River in eastern Montana.  It is 625 miles long.

This site has several different stories, and they are in TWO different forms.  One is the ancient OGAM (vowelless) inscribed alphabet that tells the story of the flyway of the birds which is the philosophy of the ancient 6 to 4th century BC priests of the Etruscans of western Italy.  This pillar is located on the flyway of the birds going north to their breeding grounds. “When the birds fly to the west of the pillar the omen is for wars and famines, but when the birds fly east of the pillar the omen is for good weather and huge crops.”

The second is in the form of sculpture.  There are two (2) HEADS sculptured in different forms to portray not only different individuals but their cultures, and by positioning them one above the other showing their position of command.  The head above the OGAM inscription is that of a person who looks like a Roman because of the large nose which the Romans inherited from the Etruscans, their predecessors in Italy.  The second head at the extreme left is that of an African negro-type who quite possibly was the leader of the sailors who brought the expedition to this destination.

Vandals disfigured the head on top of the OGAM PILLAR so that when I photographed it on my return trip in 1998 it was unrecognizable.  It seems that the local establishment and Indians want only their interpretation of history to be considered.  They have even tried to exclude any further photography of sites in this area.

The two people in the photograph are (l-r) Ronald Bair and Lawrence Halmrest, local explorers from southern Alberta.  The latter was my guide to this location.  Sometime previously the Glenbow Museum & Archives in Calgary, Alberta hired three supposed specialists to evaluate the inscriptions along the Milk River which they did and wrote reports about their finds.  It so happened that the two most important sites, the “DOLMEN” and the “OGAM PILLAR” were ignored.

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Jimmies Pipe

by, Jim Burchell

 

John Young of London, Kentucky found this pipe under a rock shelter Jimmies pipe 002in Clay County, Kentucky.  He brought it to me for examination.  The pipe was broken but I was able to piece it together and trace the writings that were on it.Jimmies pipe 009There were two Ogam scrips on it.  The bottom of the pipe had Ogam so worn that I had to use aluminum foil to get an impression. Jimmies pipe 005

The writing on the side appears to be a monogram composed of signs of the Levantine Iberian alphabet. It is obvious that this pipe is of great age.

 

 

For more information:

(Thank you Jim Leslie and M.E.S. for these links)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeastern_Iberian_script 

www.google.com/search?q=levantine+iberian+alphabet&client=firefox-a&hs=t1M&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Mr1WU476Js2TyAS714KAAg&ved=0CFcQsAQ&biw=2000&bih=911&dpr=0.8#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=kdqjQkaOSQ48GM%253A%3Bmp8ifEMMBdT_OM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fupload.wikimedia.org%252Fwikipedia%252Fcommons%252F9%252F96%252FPlom_I_de_La_Bastida_(Cara_A).jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fen.wikipedia.org%252Fwiki%252FIberian_language%3B2598%3B756

The Angeles National Forest Mystery Rocks

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THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST MYSTERY ROCKS

Written by Christopher Nyerges
www.ChristopherNyerges.com

Posted by Rick Osmon

On Halloween day in 2001, I was leading a birthday outing for a 10 year old boy and his friends at the 3000 foot level of the Angeles National Forest.  We were getting late, so I led them down into the stream so we could make soap from the yucca leaves. It was a spot where I would never ordinarily go.  As the boys and I made our yucIMG_0034ca soap, my gaze was drawn to the back side of a large, 10 foot wide boulder with unusual markings on it.  There were two large horizontal cleavages and numerous markings across the cleavage that bore an uncanny resemblance to ogam.
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