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