Ancient Star Cities of the American Southwest
The Orion Correlation projected on the high desert of Arizona is verified by both archaeological evidence and ceremonial or mythological lore of the Hopi Indians.
Throughout this journey through northeastern Arizona, we will discover:
- that the Hisatsinom, or the ancient Hopi, used the template of the constellation Orion to determine the locations of their stone villages during an extended migration lasting over two centuries.
- that the time period for the creation of this template ranged from about 1050 to 1300 AD.
- that the Hopi god of earth and death called Masau'u spiritually mandated this "terrestrial Orion" to closely mirror its celestial counterpart. We can easily see how prehistoric "star cities" correspond to every major star in the constellation.
- that the star pattern by its specific orientation on the land also encodes various sunrise and sunset points of both summer and winter solstices.
- that a central flux of ley line energy additionally occurs in the spine of the terrestrial Orion along a series of ancient pueblo sites and geoglyphs ranging from southwestern Colorado to the mouth of the Colorado River, which indicates a functional Earth-Chakra system.
- that the overall pattern is similar to the Giza Orion Correlation that forms part of an ancient global network.
Day 1 / October 18
Arrive into Flagstaff and check into your hotel. Note: If you fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, there is a shuttle service available to Flagstaff (please email or call us for more information). You may also fly into Flagstaff Pullman Airport (serviced by USAirways/American Airlines). If you drive, free parking is available at our Flagstaff hotel for the duration of the tour. Orientation and introductions, followed by a group welcome dinner. Evening in-depth seminar presentation by Gary A. David.
Day 2 / October 19
After breakfast, depart for Walnut Canyon National Monument. Stand at the Walnut Canyon observation point and gaze across the canyon walls and imagine what life was like for the ancient Sinagua Indians that that once lived in the cliff dwellings here. Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before.Later we will travel east to Winslow, AZ to Homol’ovi State Park where we will explore the petroglyphic solstice marker and earth/star map found here.
Discover how the large equilateral cross of the Homol’ovi petroglyph represents both the Hopi Mesa villages and the ruins sites at Tsegi Canyon, Wupatki, Homol’ovi, and Canyon de Chelly. This Anasazi swastika symbolizing the land also mirrors the sky, specifically the constellation Orion. The oblique line forming a plumed serpent corresponds to the Little Colorado River, which flows into the Grand Canyon. On just this one petroglyph panel at Homol’ovi we unequivocally find elements that iconographically link both the celestial and the terrestrial.
As we study the elements of this earth/star map and solstice marker petroglyph, we will find on the panel all the constellations of the Winter Hexagon: Orion, Taurus, the Pleiades, Auriga, Gemini, Canis Minor and Canis Major. In terms of the tellurian dimension, represented by the large equilateral cross, there are the villages of the Hopi Mesas as well as the ruins located at Navajo National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, Homolovi Ruins State Park, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument. What we have called the plumed serpent represents the Little Colorado River, and on the left side of the panel, the V-shaped artifact corresponds to all the smaller ruins in the Grand Canyon. On the right side of the panel the antelope signifies the magnificent Hisatsinom ruins in Chaco Canyon. The spiral corresponds to the Hisatsinom’s Place of Emergence in the Grand Canyon, while its extension represents the Colorado River flowing southward.
Continue on to the Hopi Cultural Center located on the Second Mesa, along with the villages Shungopavi, Sipaulvi and Mishongnovi. Second Mesa villages are noted for coiled baskets and Katsina dolls. We will overnight at the lodge.
The Hopi Cultural Center offers keen insight to Hopi Land through the generations. Hopi are known for having lived here as a people continuously from ancient time; where they are located in present-day Arizona is where they have always lived, with roots back in time for some one hundred generations. Their culture is one of the first on the continent. You will have the opportunity to discover the unique beauty of Hopi art and craftsmanship. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 3 / October 20
After breakfast, we will go to the the villages of the Third Mesa where the women specialize in weaving plaques and baskets of multicolored wicker. These have ceremonial uses and are also made for the craft market. Rarely is a Hopi craft merely an attractive design executed in a particular style; all depict something considered important to the maker.
Visit Dawa Park and Propehcy Rock with our Hopi guide. The rock art of Taawaki (Dawa) decorates the walls of a horseshoe shaped, 200 foot high cliff located in the Dinnebito Wash within the Hopi Indian Reservation. The petroglyphs vary in size and style. The oldest appear to date from the Basketmaker II culture (200 BC - 400 AD). The newest are in the style of the Pueblo III culture (1150 - 1300 AD) although several of the petroglyphs are interpreted by Hopi guides as symbolic of the Spanish contact period (1600s AD). The site is sacred to the Hopi people. Its location is unmarked on the unpaved roads leading to it. Prophecy Rock is a panel of ancestral Hopi petroglyphs, representing the Hopi Life Plan. The inscriptions of the Life Plan depict the two paths that people would take from the start of the Hopi Fourth World until the Fourth World ends and we transition into the Fifth World.
We end today with a guided walking tour of Walpi on First Mesa, a historic village with high-rise dwellings and recognized for fine pottery and Katsina dolls. We depart after the tour for Chinle where we will spend the next day exploring Canyon de Chelly, the terrestrial equivalent of the Orion star Saiph. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 4 / October 21
Canyon de Chelly was established in 1931 as a National Monument encompassing three major canyons. The steep stained walls preserve ancient ruins of the once thriving Anasazi Indians. There are over 2700 archaeological sites with over 700 standing ruins, petroglyphs and cliff dwellings from the prehistoric Anasazi and historic Navajo periods, reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America. According to Navajo legend, Canyon de Chelly was designed as an earthly place of divine connection at the time when supernaturals still walked the earth.
This morning we will take a 4 hour, Navajo guided Pinzgauer army troop carrier excursion deep into the canyon followed this afternoon by a visit to Spider Rock, a towering 800 feet monolith of Spider Rock, where canyon walls rise to well over 1000 feet.
During our jeep tour we will visit Kokopelli Cave, Petroglyph Rock, First Ruin, Junction Ruin, Ceremonial Cave, Ledge Ruin, Antelope House Ruin in Canyon De Muerto, White House Ruin in Canyon De Chelly. We will overnight again in Chinle. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 5 / October 22
After breakfast, travel north and west to Navajo National Monument. The ruins present here, Betatakin & Keet Peel, represent the star Rigel in the Orion Constellation.
Navajo National Monument preserves three of the most intact cliff dwellings of the ancestral Hisatsinom. The monument is high on the Shonto plateau, overlooking the Tsegi Canyon system in the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. Browse the visitor center museum, and take the optional Sandal Trail self-guided walk that provides spectacular views of the Canyonlands. The loop trail ends at an overlook of the Betatakin ruins across the 560 feet deep Betatakin Canyon
We will stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post for lunch (included) and shopping. You will find an array of Hopi and Navajo art, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sand paintings, Apache baskets and Plains beadworks. Visit the unique gallery showcasing the history of the ancient Puebloan culture.
We end our journey with a visit to Wupatki National Monument , one of several sites preserving pueblos of ancient peoples, with many ruins scattered over a large area of desert. Situated in the rain shadow of Arizona's San Francisco Peaks, Wupatki National Monument was once home to prehistoric Anasazi and Sinagua farmers and traders - the Hisatsinom, as their Hopi descendants call them.
Today, this 54 square miles of the Monument preserves many free-standing masonry pueblos, field houses, rock art, pottery, baskets and tools -- extraordinary evidence of a varied and complex lifestyle. Altogether, more than 2,700 archaeological sites have been catalogued. Wupatki correlates with Bellatrix in the Orion constellation. We will stop on our way back to our hotel in Flagstaff for a final farewell dinner together. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 6 / October 23
Breakfast; check out and departure.