HISTORY OF TECHQUA IKACHI
|We are focused with Al Gore on our own risks because our environment is being polluted,threatening our health and well-being–but few of us concern ourselves with the health or well-being of thosesuffering right this moment at the sources of our energy and metals.
But with global warming, ultimately we all go down together.
|Among sites of recent protest demonstrations are Arizona,Nevada,California, Utah, Florida, the Dakotas, Alaska, Canada,Burma, Columbia, Indonesia, Tibet, the Arctic, Mexico, Madagascar,the Philippines, Russia, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Australia, Thailand,
India, and thousands of demonstrations in China. Many others are
not reported. Civil war over oil has broken out in Sudan, Nigeria,
and Pakistan, mass murder in Ethiopa. More than five million are
dead in the Congo from wars to take over the mining of metals.
|ORGANIZATIONSSome international and grassroots organizations are concerned,and here is a list of some websites:
|History of TECHQUA IKACHIIn the late 1960s veterans of the civil rights movement organizedthe Committee for Traditional Indian Land and Life in Los Angeles
with the purpose of aiding American Indian peoples struggling for
self-determination. One conflict continuing to this day
is the resistance in northern Arizona by Hopi and Dineh traditionals
against mining of coal on their sacred Black Mesa.
The center of this opposition was and is the traditional Hopi village of
Hotevilla, founded in 1906 after a clash between Hopi traditionals and
those “progressives” who decided to give up their traditions, convert to
Christianity, and seek the material benefits of Western technology and
industry. The traditionals were obliged to separate to preserve the old ways.
|This scene of confrontation was a moment of truth for thosein the civil rights movement.It was also the source of the idea for the film EARTH SPIRIT.To capitalist and communist alike, belief in the value of material progress
had always been fundamental. Why would anyone resist progress?
How could anyone criticize progress? In 1970 the federal government brought
in contractors to provide the first electric power to the village of Hotevilla.
Power poles were trucked in, and heavy equipment arrived to clear the way
for the installation. At this point a group of Hopi elders arrived on the scene
to block the work. These old men lay down in the path of the bulldozers,
ready to sacrifice their lives if necessary to prevent electric power from
coming to their village. One ninety-year-old elder was injured and declined
and passed away not long after.
|What concerned the Hopi elders was the price to be paid. Now the Hopi must find ways to get money.There are few jobs on the reservation other than working for the government or working forcorporations extracting coal, oil, and uranium out of the land. The only source of money for many is
to go on welfare.
There would also be a price more costly than mere money.
Like many indigenous peoples, the Hopi believe extractions from
Mother Earth will lead to disaster. Their prophecy, like many others,
foretells doom for those who forsake a natural way of life.
During this period we shot our short AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI
presenting the life and philosophy of a traditional. This black-and-white
16mm documentary was a finalist in the National Short Film Competition
and was also selected as Best of Filmex at the Los Angeles International
|The EARTH SPIRIT story is the working of the prophecy of the Hopi and other indigenouspeoples as they protest modern greed. An ancient unseen spirit haunts mesa country in the high desertof the Southwest. Mother Earth is being raped by oil drilling and mineral mining. Mesa people believe
this earth spirit is unhappy at what has been done to this land and the people. According to ancient prophecy,
the Spirit in the land might erupt in a rage that could destroy this world
|The Earth Spirit character that appears as a dream is not mere superstitionbut also science from modern Gaia Theory: www.gaiatheory.orgThe news supports Hopi prophecy: