Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile
11 Iyar 5766 / May 9, 2006

AZTLAN: 

Homeland of the Chicano (Red People)

The plane circling the mass rally in support of immigration reform near Fort Worth, Texas, clearly had the word "AZTLAN" painted on the wings.  That night I tuned in the Spanish TV stations here in Southern Colorado. I understood very little, but noted the word "AZTLAN," was quoted by several of the Chicano who were interviewed. Curiously, just a few weeks earlier, Ten Rivers had named me to the board of directors of Iglesia de Aztlan (the assembling of Aztlan) as an ex-officio advisor.

Chartered 10 years earlier by Ten Rivers, Tomas Eaglebear and their small band of Membreno Apache and other disenfranchized and untribed Natives, Iglesia de Aztlan already had repurchased about 80 acres of ceremonial lands in the mountains near Gardner, Colorado. Here they have resumed their sweats and sundances which have accommodated the spiritual vortex for this return of the Chicano.

As the last stewards -- or as Ten Rivers puts it, "the last to surrender," the sacred Four Corners region of southern Colorado and Utah and northern New Mexico and Arizona, the Membreno Apache were the logical choice to steward the vision of the return to Aztlan.  Ten Rivers' ancestors have lived continuously in this region since it was encountered by Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer, who his own ancestors served.

But there was something familiar about Ten Rivers' description of the lands stewarded by this once fiercest of Apache tribes who were punished by being given no reservation lands and insulted because they have had to buy back the ceremonial and burial grounds that were stolen after their buffalo were decimated with no regard for their souls or their importance.   The "Four Corners" he described as Aztlan also figured in the past and future prophecies of the Hopi and in the beliefs of the Aztecs.

The best archaeological evidence locates the Aztec as relative newcomers to the South country. They are believed to have arrived from Aztlan, their Homeland in the North sometime in the 12th Century CE.  To most scholars, this identifies them with an earlier Hopi migration to the South. The "Aztec" simply did not return. Even so, in the legends, popular culture and poetry of Chicano, the command to never forget the Homeland, the Aztec Aztlan, in the North has lived on.  To the extent that a plane flying overhead with AZTLAN on the wings was seen around the world.

The Hopi prophesies and migrations establish ownership ... but only in the Last Days ... for the descendants of the returning Hopi clans. Those clans are today united by the label Chicano, the Red People, whose return to Aztlan has been awaited longer than the U.S. has existed.

Consequently America's leaders now have a dilemma not unlike the scenario they have provoked in Judea-Samaria. Chicano nationalism now shows every sign of becoming an independent entity in America's West Bank.  Connect this very real demographic foretold by Hopi sages with other Hopi prophecy and it would appear that the days of Anglo-America are numbered.

Maggid ben Yoseif