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Hopi and Hippies of the Rainbow Family

Updated on February 20, 2015


Petroglyphs all over the rocks near Painted Desert Arizona.
Petroglyphs all over the rocks near Painted Desert Arizona. | Source


The Hopi nation are the garden tenders of our mother earth. They have an ancient culture and a most beautiful religion.

Hopi has the same calendar as the Mayan. Hopi elders helped the hippies design and create the Rainbow Family tribe. An ancient Hopi prophecy says that there was once a hero who traveled to meet the Great Spirit and carried a stone tablet. The stone tablet broke and a piece of it was lost. The story goes that their ancient hero will return and come to the aid of mankind in their darkest hour of the great purification. This peaceful warrior will return the missing piece of the stone tablet to the Hopi nation. This is how they will know the arrival of the Rainbow Warriors.

Back in about 1970 a small group of hippies built a community in the backwoods of Oregon and lived in harmony with nature. This community began as a small commune and grew. One day while a few hippies were gardening. They decided to climb up a hill and rest while they enjoyed the view. As they were sitting around smoking a girl noticed a stone with petroglyphs carved on it. They all looked at this stone and then threw it back where they found it. Soon they climbed back down the hill and forgot the stone.

Later they traveled down to Arizona to watch a Hopi dance festival. Talking to some Indians they were told of this tale about the stone. Suddenly they remembered the broken piece of stone tablet they found on the hill. They called home and had the stone piece found and stored. Later they returned to the Hopi elders with the piece of stone.

The hippies gave the Hopi wise woman the stone and she took it and compared to the original other piece of the tablet the Hopi people still have. She told the hippies this is not the stone that fits and the color is wrong. But it is a real piece of tablet containing real petroglyphs. They instructed them how to care for the sacred stone and gave it back to the hippies.

The Hopi's told the hippies that they could see these multi-culture children were living and working with the Great Spirit the same as the Hopi. And so the Hopi helped the Hippies create a new tribe or nation of peoples called the Rainbow nation. The Rainbow Family works with the Hopi to bring balance back to nature.

Hatching 2011
Hatching 2011 | Source

Rainbow Hippies

Today the Rainbow family of hippies are spread across the USA and around the world. Every year they gather and have a festive over the fourth of July. It is celebrated in a different national park every year and lasts a week or so. The yearly gathering is always far off the beaten path and the people attending need to walk in a few miles from the road. The Hopi are not a part of this gathering, unless they attend as individuals. People from all walks of life attend these gatherings to experience camping out in the wilderness with a large group of people.

© 2015 Randy Hirneisen


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      Randy Hirneisen 

      3 years ago from Philadelphia

      Thank you SusieQ. The Hopi tribe is very interesting.

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      3 years ago

      I studied Native Americans in college, the main tribe was the Hopis. Great and interesting hub!


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