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Braiding through Water: Weaving Traditional and Western Knowledge
Posted by Brenda Norrell
Condensed by Native Village

Arizona:  World-reknown scientists, teachers, and artists gathered in April 2009 with Hopi traditional leaders and teachers to share their knowledge and approaches to the nature, actions, and teachings of water. As with all Hopi weaving, the work drew energy from weavers' optimistic hopes that braiding the two approaches will produce a stronger, understanding of water.

Their work goes back to Hopiland in 2004 when Vernon Masayesva and Dr. Masaru Emoto revealed the secrets and science of the intelligence of water. During the Hisot Navoti (knowledge of ancestors), Masayesva showed film footage of startling transformations in water crystals when exposed to music and written words. Emoto's photographs reveal water crystals have drastically different forms from different water sources. Emoto also showed that water changes expression as a result of human actions.

Sanbu-ichi Yusui Spring water,

Japan Shimanto River, referred to as the last clean stream in Japan

Antarctic Ice

Fountain in Lourdes, France

Biwako Lake, the largest lake at the center of Japan and the water pool of the Kinki Region. Pollution is getting worse.

Yodo River, Japan, pours into the Bay of Osaka. The river passes through most of the major cities in Kasai.

Emoto says water is letting us realize the hidden power of words.

"Water has intelligence, " said Jerry Honawa, Hopi elder.

 "If you are happy, you will have happy crystals; if you are angry, you will have angry crystals." Masayesva said. He said the waters--aquifers, springs, lakes, rivers, oceans and glaciers-- work in harmony to sustain life. Hopi believe the aquifers breathe in rain and snow and breathe it out. The springs are the breathing holes. Humankind is a participant in water-life; mankind's thoughts influence whether the rain and snow comes.

Of the world's water today, Masayesva said 97% is seawater and 2% is bound in glaciers. Only 1% is available for drinking. Masayesva said the people must honor their trust as guardians of the water and land.

"If we don't, we will break the circle," he said.

Braiding the Water Conference registration will be limited to 200 persons, including 40 indigenous youth. Their attendance will deepen their appreciation of traditional science and knowing. It will also enrich their sense of identity, and promote more purpose to learning, especially in science and mathematics. Such knowledge is critical for becoming future leaders for their people. 

Conference registration:

When water is exposed to the music of Mozart and Beethoven, crystals expand and become more beautiful. These crystals resemble diamonds, with flower buds blossoming on their points as the music plays. Water carries and responds to the vibrations of music.

When clear tubes of water are placed over positive and negative words, water crystals change. They increase in beauty when placed over the word "peace," but become dark and ugly when placed over the word "war."

When water is placed over the word "let's," the crystals expand and increase in beauty. However, when water is placed over the word "must," the crystals become ugly with a dark green center.

Beethoven's Pastorale

Tibet Sutra

Kawachi Folk Dance

Those attending the Braiding through Water: Weaving Traditional and Western Knowledge Conference include:
 Leroy Little Bear, former Director of Native Studies at Harvard University and 2003 Canadian Aboriginal Person of the Year;
 Water science pioneer Masaru Emoto, featured in the film What the ##*!!# Do We Know;
Quiet Axis, creator painter and environmental/space artist ;
Lowry Burgess of Carnegie Mellon University;
Artist/muralist Michael Kabotie of the Hopi Tribe;
 Hopi traditional leader and teacher Jerry Honawa, Tobacco/Rabbit Clan at Hotevilla and Keeper of the Pipe;
Former Hopi Chairman and traditional leader and teacher, Vernon Masayesva;
Sat Bhattacharya, cancer research scientist and President, International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and Harlem Children Society;
Shonto Begay, painter, muralist, Navajo Nation;
Angelita Borbon, Yoeme, Practitioner of Sacred Science and Mesoamerican oral traditions;
Phillip Duran, Physicist and Former Dean of Science and Mathematics, Northwest Indian College;
Sandy Fox, Founder H2Om Water, Blue Water Planet Radio, and Love Planet Foundation;
Jennifer Greene, Director, Water Research Institute of Blue Hill and Vice President, The Constructed Wetlands Group, Inc.;
 Alan Hamilton, clinical psychologist and President, Rio Grande Return;
Jack Loeffler, environmental/Native American aural historian and writer;
Nina Perlmutter, Rabbi, and Emeritus Faculty and former Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Yavapai College;
Al Q÷yawayma, Hopi scientist, engineer, and artist and Founding Director and Former Board Chair, American Indian Science and Engineering Society;
Roy Rustum, Professor of Materials Science, Arizona State University and Pennsylvania State University and Visiting Professor, Medicine, University of Arizona;
Thomas Sisk, Professor of Ecology and Director, Graduate Programs, Center for Sustainable Environments, Northern Arizona University;
and Victor Vernon Woolf, Founder, Holodynamics and the Science of Unfolding Potential.

Heavy Metal Music

You Make Me Sick, I Will Kill You

Adolph Hitler

Thank You

Love and Appreciation

Mother Teresa



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