Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 31, 2019

Hopi Messenger Thomas Banyacya speaks on keeping nature in balance

Hopi Messenger Thomas Banyacya 
speaks on keeping nature in balance

Article by Brenda Norrell
Video by Sacred Land Film Project 
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Hopi Messenger Thomas Banyacya, Sr., speaks of his seven years in prison for declining to sign up for the U.S. military draft and be an instrument of war. Choosing the path of peace, Banyacya speaks of the choice of mankind now, as to whether to destroy Nature or care for the Earth. He describes the United States killing of people in other countries, and describes the U.S. nuclear bomb "burning everything to ashes."
"This comes from my heart and I'm going to stand on it. This is not our war," Banyacya says of choosing peace over fighting World War II.
"I spent almost seven years in prison trying to be a good Hopi."
Describing the uranium used to produce the first atomic bombs, Banyacya said someone came without the Hopi elders' permission and took the uranium from the land, and took it to New Mexico, then threw that bomb on the people Hiroshima.
Banyacya points out that all this war and killing with bombs will come with a cost, just as the destruction of Nature will come with the cost of ultimate destruction unless we begin to care for Nature.
Banyacya, born in 1909, passed to the Spirit World in 1999.
Listen to Banyacya's words.
Watch below the most viewed video production of the Sacred Land Film Project.


Gregornot said...

Thank you Brenda,
Happy New Year

Unknown said...

I believe a person's intimate relationship with nature and deep love of all living g things is the only way to heal oneself and others. Plus, being actively engaged with others of like mind to preserve what we can of precious mother earth. Question is, is it too late ? I am concerned...the war against earth is rampant due to human lack of ability to live simply, to live without so much stuff. Are we all hopelessly entrenched? I think not, though just using a car and heating with gas makes me feel that way, and I know I am not the only one. I work towards simplicity ... And the rewards Are great. Tho a white woman, I feel brown, like the soil, like earth. The future is unknown, but the present is filled with potential for everyone. Honor your highest calling but remember, life is humbling and we cannot control everything. But it is also magical, a miracle, never to be taken for granted. Reverence is what is most needed. Ah Ho