HOPI Screening (2014)

Presented with generous support of our Community Partner, SFU Woodwards


“Cal­en­dars are not only tools to mea­sure time; they are also mag­nif­i­cent instru­ments to con­nect the cos­mic time with the human time. They are doors that allow men to access the mys­tery of the cos­mos and at the same time to cor­re­late the activ­i­ties of men with the rhythm of the Stars.”

From great media atten­tion to the Maya cycle antic­i­pat­ing the world’s end in 2012 to hard­ly a men­tion in 2013 the cycle has become irrel­e­vant. Or has it.  This pro­gram is part of a series which rec­og­nizes the seat­ing of the new cycle and entry into the new cycle with opti­mism and peace. In becom­ing aware of our indige­nous cal­en­dars and the mod­ern cal­en­dar we are direct­ed to our Ancestor’s instruc­tions for enter­ing a new cycle, dur­ing the tran­si­tion peri­od when pow­er­ful harm­ful influ­ences oppose life in a chaot­ic peri­od of cathar­sis, cleans­ing, and purification.

This pro­gram antic­i­pates the dawn of a new cycle and empha­sizes the re-learn­ing of the pri­mal human con­scious­ness present at the cre­ation. This pro­gram impress­es on the pub­lic con­scious­ness the idea that what one is doing to the envi­ron­ment is rec­i­p­ro­cat­ed; when you scar earth/​nature you scar your­self. We have not learned to do this. Instead, our pri­mal con­scious­ness has unrav­eled and con­tin­ues to unrav­el with the loss of ances­tral wis­dom and knowledge.


This pro­gram was screened in Van­cou­ver in 2012 in recog­ni­tion of the end­ing of the Maya Cycle and Nahu­atl Fifth Sun. It had been out of dis­tri­b­u­tion since 1990 but was brought out to con­vey one per­spec­tive on the end of days through the per­for­mances of Hopi Rit­u­al Clowns. This pro­duc­tion explores the present human con­di­tion and the clown’s role in rais­ing human con­scious­ness to pre­vent plan­e­tary destruc­tion. The pro­gram was orig­i­nal­ly pro­duced in 1988 and is rec­og­nized as one of the first pro­duc­tions to apply com­put­er animation.

When: Sun­day, Decem­ber 8th, 2014 at 2 pm
Where: World Art The­atre at SFU Wood­wards (149 W. Hast­ings St., Van­cou­ver, BC)
What: A film screen­ing and con­ver­sa­tion with Hopi film­mak­er, Vic­tor Masayes­va, Jr.
Cost: Pay what you can