Focus: Hisatsinom (ancestral Pueblo people of the American Southwest, i.e., the Anasazi, the Sinagua, the Hohokam, etc.), the Hopi, the Maya and other Mesoamerican tribes, rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs, especially from the Four Corners region of the US), archaeology of the forenamed peoples, archaeoastronomy, astronomy pertaining to Orion. The following links are by no means comprehensive, and are added as time and energy permit.
"Wukoki's Guardian," oil painting by Jim Thomas
to pave dirt route to ancient Chaco canyon draws mixed reviews
Deborah Baker, Associated Press, Sept. 9, 2005
Hundreds of years ago, Southwest Indian tribes came by foot to this ceremonial site in the high desert for solstice rituals, feasts and trading.
Scholars swim in choppy waters
Barry Bergman, Public Affairs, UC Berkeley News, August 3, 2005
Did Polynesians visit Southern California many centuries ago? The evidence — some fishhooks, a boat design, and a few words in common — is limited. But to some those clues are tantalizing, even persuasive.
Ancient prophecy is modern reality
Indian Country Today, July 28, 2005
Many tribal nations, significantly the Hopi and the Haudenosaunee... have prophecies within their spiritual traditions that describe an ''end of times,'' an era very similar to our present times and depicting or describing prophetic signs apparent to those who watch for such things.
Footprints of 'first Americans'
Paul Rincon, BBC News, July 5, 2005
A team of scientists came to this controversial conclusion by dating human footprints preserved by volcanic ash in an abandoned quarry in Mexico.
Did ancient Polynesians visit California? Maybe so.
San Francisco Chronicle, June 20, 2005
Scholars revive idea using linguistic ties, Indian headdress.
Hopi warnings to the world
Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today, March 29, 2005
From Hopiland, a spiritual vortex for Native people, spiritual leaders Dan Evehema and Thomas Banyacya became the voice of the voiceless: the birds and animals. Warning of the impending apocalypse, they urged all people of good hearts to join them.
Camera scoops amazing Orion snaps
BBC News, December 23, 2004
Astronomers have produced some amazing pictures using a remarkable new instrument on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope in Hawaii.
Utah Canyon Holds Secrets of Ancient Civilization
KSL TV, Sept. 18, 2004
The newly discovered ruins of an ancient civilization in this remote eastern Utah canyon could reveal secrets about the Fremont people.
Thornborough Orion Correlaion Threatened!
Heritage Action: Preserving Ancient Sites in Britain and Ireland
Thornborough may well be Britain's most important henge monument. Sign the petition!
Unearthing canyon's clues
Jim Erickson, Rocky Mountain News, May 15, 2004
Mysteries of Anasazi revealed in Chaco's centuries-old corn
Mystery of sacred site shaped by stars
Yorkshire Post Today, March 8, 2004
A recent theory is that the Thornborough henges' alignment may follow that of Orion's Belt.
Imagery Measures of the Astronomically Aligned Megaliths at Nabta Playa
T.G. Brophy (EMCS Consulting), P.A. Rosen (California Institute of Technology)
The American Astronomical Society, oral meeting January 5, 2004
New star emerges from dust cocoon
Dr David Whitehouse, BBC News Online science editor, February 12, 2004
A star is born in the M78 reflection nebula of Orion. See NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.
(Also check out the cool blue "Reflecting Dust Clouds of Orion" at the same site.)
Science wins ancient bones battle
BBC, February 5, 2004
Is the Kennewick Man actually Capt. Picard back from the future?
Riddles of the Anasazi
David Roberts, Smithsonian, July 2003 (PDF file, must have Adobe Reader. Download for free.)
Toward the end of the 13th century, something when terribly wrong among the Anasazi. What awful event forced the people to flee their homeland, never to return?
New theories on the Anasazi
Scripps Howard News Service, Lee Bowman, February 18, 2003
New evidence presented indicates that occupation of many of the ancient pueblos was an on-again, off-again thing over the centuries.
'Oldest star chart' found
BBC News, January 21, 2003
Mammoth tusk sliver found in German cave depicts Orion. Carbondated between 32,500 and 38,000 years ago.
Was Maya Pyramid Designed to Chirp Like a Bird?
National Geographic Today, Bijal P. Trivedi, December 6, 2002
Researchers investigate acoustical phenomena in Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan.
written language found in Mexico
Globe and Mail Update, Oliver Moore, December 5, 2002
"The connection between writing, the calendar and kingship within the Olmecs is indicated in these
communications, dating to 650 B.C...."
Does skull prove that the first Americans came from Europe?
Independent, Steve Connor, Science Editor, December 3, 2002
Skull of the 26 year-old Peñon woman found among the suburbs of Mexico City was dated at "...13,000 years old, making it 2,000 years older than the previous record for the continent's oldest human remains."
brings claim of
medieval African observatory
New Scientist, December 2, 2002
On the morning of the winter solstice three bright stars in Orion rise over three of the monoliths in the Great Zimbabwe.
Muddy Mayan Mystery Made Clearer By Researchers Working in the 'Bajos'
University of Cincinnati, July 22, 2002
Mysterious Object Might be First Extrasolar Planet Photographed
Robert Roy Britt, May 22, 2002, Space.com
1,150 light-years away, SOri70 may be either a Jupiter-like planet or a brown dwarf.
A Mayan find, Indiana Jones-style
The Christian Science Moniter, March 14, 2002
One of the most significant finds in the past 20 years involving the ancient civilization of the Maya.
Ancient city may predate the Mayas
The Miami Herald, March 3, 2002
CARAL, Peru - In a barren landscape that now looks like the moon, a mysterious culture built pyramids nearly 5,000 years ago.
Star-Crossed Ideas of How Pyramids Came to Point North
The New York Times, August 28, 2001
Challenge to Dr. Kate Spence's theory. (See Nov. 15, 2000 article below.)
Among the Mayas, Writers For Defeated Kings Met a Cruel Fate
Ohio State Research News, August 20, 2001
Politics of the ancient Maya rested on the written word
San Francisco Chronicle, July 21, 2001
The Earliest Americans
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 15, 2001
9,500-year-old skeleton forces scientists to consider whether Polynesians helped to populate America
Ancient culture discovered
Canoe: Canada's Internet Network, June 4, 2001
New distinct ancient culture found in Arizona.
BBC News, April 26, 2001
Birthplace of civilization in the Americas?
Barren world of stars
BBC News, April 27, 2001
The Quick and the Dead: Planetary formation in the "hostile environment" of the Orion Nebula
Battle New Theory on Creation
Evolutionists Battle New Theory on Creation (National Section)
April 8, 2001
New York Times
Intelligent Designer Genes?
[Nota bene: As New York resident scholar Zecharia Sitchin (author of The 12th Planet and many other volumes) pointed out on the Art Bell Coast-to-Coast radio program on the evening of April 19, the New York Times is engaged in blatant censorship. In the sixth paragraph of an April 8th article on the so-called "intelligent design theory," the phrase "...possibly involving extraterrestrial intelligence..." that appeared in an earlier edition was deleted in a later edition. On the newspaper's web site, this phrase appears in the article found in the Science section, but in basically the same article found in the National section this phrase is missing. Why should E.T. intelligence suddenly become outré?]
Inside the City of the Black Tiger
BBC News, January 25, 2001
Ek Balam: The Tallest Mayan Pyramid, the "Gate of Hell," and an equinox alignment.
Pyramids lined up with the stars
BBC News, November 15, 2000
A theory on how the Egyptian pyramids were aligned to true north, and when.
Ice Age Star Map Discovered
BBC News, August 20, 2000
Star map found in the caves at Lascaux suggests that their inhabitants were cognizant of the zodiac-- 11,000 years before the Sumerians! On one of the maps an exquisite rendering of a bull was painted adjacent to a representation of the Pleiades.
How Hopi Chief Lololomai Prays
--for the victims of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks,
for their families, for the rescuers and volunteers,
but also for the perpetrators and hate mongers,
for those of every faith and those of none,
in truth, for us all--
"When Lololomai, the chief, prays,
how does he pray? Will you tell us?"
"He goes to the edge of the cliff
and turns his face to the rising sun
and scatters the sacred cornmeal.
Then he prays for all the people.
He asks that we may have rain
and corn and melons
and that our fields may bring us plenty.
But these are not the only things
for which he prays. He prays
that all the people may have health and long life
and be happy and good in their hearts.
And the Hopis are not the only people
for whom he prays. He prays
for everybody in the whole world.
And not people alone.
Lololomai prays for all the animals.
And not animals alone.
Lololomai prays for all the plants.
He prays for everything
that has life.
That is how Lololomai prays."
Adapted from The Indians' Book by Natalie Curtis.
Gary A. David, 9/15/01
Satan's Calling Card:-- September 11: A Date to Remember
by Robert Bauval
Graham Hancock Message Boards, February 8, 2002
an article on the Masonic symbology of 9/11
What Osama Bin Laden Doesn't Want YOU to Know About the Phoenicians and the Jews!
Read this surprising article at ViewZone
by Gene D. Matlock, B.A., M.A.
Who's The Enemy -- Really...?
Read the Enterprise Mission's analysis of the terrorist attacks.
by Richard C. Hoagland
No Cipro? Link to an article on natural antibiotics by medical journalist Bill Sardi.
World Trade Center
September 11, 2001
--a poem by Judy Platz
do our dead find us?
they call us by name
how we said we would signal
anything untoward should happen,
were still here listening.
Is a thought emailed by angels
do our dead communicate directly
we hear them, as they call out
a fog bank of a thousand thoughts
down in the accumulating ash and cinder
pieces pummeled the air turning it black
it cascaded down and down
snow that contained our dead
settled at our feet, a hush covering.
How do we signal to comfort them
we know they would wish to be with us
and their going was so swift.
we know what circulates in thought in the last minutes?
images stick like an overgrown thistle logged in,
the soul; how do we adjust to understand
does the soul forget, or does trauma at passage
a reel of film that plays over and over.
And did they have time to recognize in their knowing
had to leave us,
our missing them would circulate again and again
the years go forward.
Do we hear our dead call
the quiet shush of leaves that rustle
startled for an instant,
have to turn around and look;
in the unexpected slant
wrens head and clear eye
looks directly into ours
it pauses on our window sill,
then flies on.
Now we are, all of us,
tuck in their children gently
with reverence each gathering night.
do not hold lightly their sorrows
take them up and cradle their grief in dream
dream joys for them.
So too, our dead cradle us in dream
dream for us joys
passeth all understanding
drift over us like soft flakes
pure white snow, messages from the sky.
watch the snow fall
Oct. 20, 2001
Judy Platz is an adjunct college teacher of English, lives in the country where she tends the woodstove and grows food. Poetry books published are: Tending the Dark and The Silence of Light.
"Now go shopping!"
Edd (Dona's husband)
--on the recent e-mail hoax re. the predicted Halloween mall bombings
and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
'Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?'