“To Hopi, children are the natural healers of the manifest and unmanifest world. From the beginning, we have called upon them, day-to-day, to restore and sustain the harmony and balance
upon which the Hopi and the world depend.
They bring fresh attachment to life and the future, hope to what is ever-coming to be. Peace among peoples and cultures, health and purity in nature, love and hope within our homes all
depend upon this hopeful healing nature of children. It is in learning through them that we come again to restore our true selves and to create the daily balance by which we and all life are sustained.
When discord and hatred, disrespect and abuse rule the home for a time, it is to the children that the parents turn. Their voice is a healing. Through them, mother and father learn to speak to one another again. Respect is recovered; proper behavior renewed; family, the balm of days, is restored; and Hopi life is preserved.
It is time once again that we turn to the children and seek from those who are innocent and have the power to heal all waters and for all of life which it sustains — or not.
As the life-quality of water is threatened by human and industrial waste, by irresponsible behaviors and
disrespect — as sickened water weakens all of life – it is the prayers of children that must
bring hope-filled healing to the spirit and substance of water, to water-the-source-of-all-life.”
The Hopi Elders