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The Hopi Survival Kit: The Prophecies, Instructions and Warnings Revealed by the Last Elders

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Now made public for the first time--an ancient Hopi spiritual guide that may hold the key to our survival in the next millennium

For nearly a century the Elders of Hotevilla--a tiny village on a remote Hopi reservation in Arizona--have been guarding the secrets and prophecies of a thousand-year-old covenant that was created to ensure the well-being of the earth and its
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published October 1996)
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Richard
Jun 20, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm becoming discouraged by books about the Hopi right now. This book at least addresses the subject matter that I was interested in reading about. However, the way that it was done is just irritating. First off, Mails isn't a very good author. The book would have made a GREAT documentary, where it sat around and interviewed Mails about his opinion, but as a book, and a book that (I was hoping) is purportedly a scholarly work, this certianly was alot of Mails' opinion. It was also interesting, ...more
Mckinley
Oct 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Wanted to like it, but the writing is both too sensational, repetitive and dramatic. Plus the author would throw in odd personal comments and reflections at weird times.
Robbt E
May 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I started this book because it had an interesting premise and it started out with a history of the Hopi culture and the trials and tribulations they experienced. The writing style is kind of absurd, in the sense that there isn't a lot of editing etc. Basically the ultimate interpretations of the prophecies to survive could be summarized as "live a simple spiritual self-sufficient life". The prophecies themselves are also interesting but I somehow doubt the veracity of some of them, suggestions ...more
Patrick Gibson
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: the_west
Interesting--sometimes profound; but poorly written and organized.
Tony
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Apparently, Dan Evehema, the source for this account of the Hopi First Nation, has written a direct message to the world, now published online. Here's an excerpt:

"Hopi, the younger brother, was instructed [by the Great Spirit] to cover all land and mark it well with footprints and sacred markings to claim this land for the Creator and peace on earth. We established our ceremonials and sacred shrines to hold this world in balance in accordance with our first promise to the Creator. This is how
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Jeffrey William
I am really into Hopi culture from what I have gathered. He seemed to have a intimate connection with one particular elder, which whom I liked from the descriptions. He was a bit too eccentric I think about certain things and repeated himself way too much! The book could of been much shorter and got across everything just fine. Some was a bit too dogmatic too. I liked being able to learn some history of the land and the current climate. On how much the prophecies tell, from what he said, it was ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
The author, a non-Hopi, asserts that he was taught the myths, traditions, and religion of the last Hopi elders as there was no one else to receive this information {take with a grain of salt]. This work presents his version of the Hopi culture. What also helps create skepticism is the solicitation for funds at the end of the book.
Anthony
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing

The Hopi prophesies tell us that those that follow the broken path with be swept aside when the fifth world turns. Malis does a great job of explaining how the myth and the warning can be applied to our daily lives. Regardless of if you believe in/fear the coming of 2012, this book is a great analysis of the loss of traditionalist native american culture.
Krista Chael
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing account of an ancient culture of peace. The Hopi traditions, values, and social structure is a beautiful example of how far away "Western culture" is from the more established ancient Western cultures that continue to fight for their visibility even today.
Quacinda
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent explanation of History and about the State of the People of the world today and of the world to come.
Ra
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A truly amazing book about the last days of the Hopi elders.
Sad and inspirational at the same time. We owe to the Earth to live the simplest lives possible, anything more is suicide.
Benedict
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
all you need to know...

The definite how-to guide for living a just, abundant and worthwhile life beyond the currently ending Hopi 4th World cycle.
Stan
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Writer's style is somewhat difficult to read - a really long winded introduction - but so far, quite interesting.
Carl Andersen
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and forward thinking of the Hopi traditions and forecasts. So many predictions coming true already. Very worthwhile!
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