Hopi Water Fair/‘Hisot Navoti’ go global<br>

Emoto and his associates organized a global event to honor water. All over the world—on Oct. 23 at exactly noon local time—people chanted the words, “Water, we love you. Water, we respect you. Water, we thank you.”

In this way, the prayer moved in space and time around the globe through the 24 time zones.

At Kykotsmovi, the words were directed to samples of N-aquifer and Hopi spring water that were present throughout the event. These waters will be sent to Japan to be crystallized and photographed by Dr. Emoto.

Water Clan people from the village of Shungopavi revived an old custom of offering water from a communal dipper. Sharing this water creates a unity among the people who participate.

Helga Garcia Garza of San Benito, Texas, brought an Aztecan dance group to offer support.

“We came here because we respect and honor the work of Black Mesa Trust. We are also having a water crisis. The Rio Grande no longer reaches the Gulf of Mexico,” she explained. “The first time it happened we didn’t know what to think. The second time it was a shock. Then we began to fear for our future. We asked Vernon to come and offer prayers with us. Now we have come to offer prayers in our traditional form of dance.”

Eugene Kaye, a member of the Hopi Tribal Council, presented the Hopi Water Team’s perspective on the N-aquifer issue. Tribal Council and Black Mesa Trust agree that pumping of the aquifer must stop. How to achieve that goal is another matter.

“I was indeed something to behold when Moencopi Wash ran from the Black Mesa Mine area in abundance,” said Black Mesa Trust President Leonard Selestewa. “Half of the water came from springs in the sides of the canyon walls and half from rain water. Now the wash only runs six or eight months a year.”

A member of the Coyote Clan of the Tohono O’odham Nation described his tribe’s battle against a mining company’s proposal to use the tribe’s underground water in exchange for Central Arizona Project water.

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