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In the Tracks of the Tracker magazine - Fall 1993

The Fourth Knock on the Door: An Update
Steve McFadden

    In Spring, 1992, The Chiron Communique told of "The Fourth Knock on the Door" -- the age-old Hopi prophecy that one day a House of Mica would stand on the eastern shore of Turtle Island (America). Traditional Hopi people believe the House of Mica stands today, and is the United Nations building on the lower east side of New York City.
    As the Hopi tell the story, at the beginning of this world they were instructed by Spirit to watch for when the world came to an era of great trouble or chaos, "koyaanisquatsi" in their language. The Hopi say that, at this urgent juncture of history, their particular responsibility would be to make four attempts to address the nations of the world, whose leaders would gather at the House of Mica.
If they were permitted to speak in the House of Mica, the Hopi would then be free to reveal some of the teachings they say they have been entrusted with, in the hope that some nations would actively listen. Their essential message -- to return to peace and harmony with the whole circle of life -- would thereby help ease the Earth through an accelerated and vigorous era of cleansing.
    According to the Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya, in October, 1991, the Hopi made their fourth and final knock at the door of the U.N., an attempt to have the General Assembly open its doors to spokespeople from the Four Directions. But it was not until December, 1992 that Banyaca and the Indigenous peoples of the world got a final answer from the U.N. In essence, that message can be interpreted as: "The door will open, but not formally. Your speakers may speak, but we will not listen." Indigenous leaders from around the globe, including Thomas Banyacya, journeyed at their own expense to New York City on Dec. 8th and 9th, 1992, to take part in the Worldwide Indigenous Delegates meeting. This international coalition of native leaders gathered in the offices of the American Friends Service on East 34th Street, perched on a knoll just above the sprawling, palatial House of Mica.
    On December 10th the U.N. officially designated 1993 as "The Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples." But they did it quietly and with a minimum of attention and respect. Later that day, 20 indigenous leaders spoke at a convocation in the U.N. General Assembly hall.
    However, because most organized governments choose to ignore the social, economic, and environmental issues represented by indigenous peoples, the members of the U.N.'s General Assembly adjourned beforehand. Only about one-third of the delegates remained, in an unofficial capacity, to hear the messages of the Earth-based peoples. Possibly taking its lead from U.N. disinterest, the mass media turned its collective back.
    In the half-circle of the General Assembly hall, on the night of Thursday, Dec. 10, Hopi elder Thomas Banyacya was the last speaker. By all accounts, he delivered an eloquent oration. Banyacya, who has been a key part of this evolving story since the 1950's, noted that it was never intended that he deliver the long-prophesied message for the Hopi. "My job has been to try and help open the door," he said, "so one of our spiritual people would be able to speak, not me."
    Even though the U.N. faltered in its chance to open wide its doors and complete the circle, to actually hear and consider the words of the intended spokesperson of the Hopi, Thomas Banyacya said what he could. "It's going to be worse," he observed about cleansing of the planet by the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. "If they (the U.N.) don't listen to the traditional indigenous leaders from the Four Directions, it's going to be a lot worse.

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