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We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: Prophecy made by Hopi Elders

July 23, 2020

Today we reflect with a prophecy made by Hopi Elders in June 2000. Reading this 20 years later, we find ourselves in a time where “the river is flowing very fast and there are those who will be afraid. Know the river has its destination.” The opportunity to change meaningfully is happening all around us. Will we be the ones we are waiting for? This was shared by Wendy Nickerson, Department Administrator for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Paired with a photograph by Christi Belcourt titled “The Wisdom of the Universe” that was shared as a part of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Hearts of Our People:Native Women Artists”- the first ever museum retrospective of Native American and Canadian female artists.

Christi Belcourt (Métis) - The Wisdom of the Universe, 2014
Christi Belcourt (Métis) - The Wisdom of the Universe, 2014

We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back 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 right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! 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 on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has 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 the water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

--Hopi Elders' Prophecy, June 8, 2000