Message from Vernon Masayesva, Black Mesa Trust

Hisot Navoti Conference and Water Fair


For Immediate Publication
Contact: Vernon Masayesva (928) 734-9255

Global event to honor N-aquifer and all waters of Earth

KYKOTSMOVI, (Ariz.), October 17, 2003—The Black Mesa Trust Hisot Navoti Conference on Thursday, October 23, will gather worldwide support as participants join in a global honoring of the life-sustaining waters of the Earth. At noon, conference panelists and guests will say in unison the words, “Water, we love you. Water, we respect you. Water, we thank you.”

All over the world—at exactly noon local time—people will repeat the honoring statements, so the event will move in space and time around the globe through the 24 time zones.

The event is being coordinated in Tokyo as a result of Black Mesa Trust Executive Director Vernon Masayesva’s recent trip to Japan, where he met with scholars and Shinto priests, as well as presenting a keynote speech.

During the visit, Mr. Masayesva and his wife, Becky, met with researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto, chief of Hado Institute in Tokyo and author of the two-volume work Message from Water.

Vernon Masayesva, Dr. Masaru Emoto, and Becky Masayesva
met on September 19 at Dr. Emoto’s office in Tokyo.

Dr. Emoto investigates hado (rhymes with shadow), which he defines as “the intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter. The smallest unit of energy. Its basis is the energy of human consciousness.”

Dr. Emoto has taken revolutionary photographs of water crystals under extremely high magnification. He has discovered that not only do waters from different sources crystallize into distinctive forms, but that those forms can be radically altered by projecting thoughts and feelings through written and spoken words, music, and visual images to the water as it crystallizes. Simply put, “water changes its expression” as a result of human actions.

Black Mesa Trust will show a short video of Dr. Emoto’s work during the Hisot Navoti conference, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hopi Veterans’ Center in Kykotsmovi. Conference participants—Hopi, Acoma, Zuni, Laguna, Raramuri, Purepecha and Aztecan elders—will hold a roundtable discussion about the sacred significance of water to indigenous cultures, which, unlike global corporations, do not consider it to be a commodity that can be bought, sold, and hoarded for profit or put to inappropriate uses.

Dr. Emoto has asked Black Mesa Trust to collect water samples from a spring and from the N-aquifer and to keep those samples at the conference for its duration. Mr. Masayesva will then send the water to Dr. Emoto.

The conference will end at 4 p.m. and an evening water blessing ceremony will be offered by the Aztecan guests. The public is invited. A $5 donation is suggested. Black Mesa residents may attend for free.

Black Mesa Trust’s Second Annual Water Fair is scheduled for the next day, Friday, October 24, also at the Hopi Veterans’ Center in Kykotsmovi. This day of educational activities, booths and demonstrations about the sustainable use of water and the cultures of Black Mesa will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. Great for school children and their teachers and parents. Free to all!

The Trust’s Reception and Benefit Auction previously scheduled for the evening of October 25 has been postponed.

Organizations supporting Black Mesa Trust efforts include Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Oxfam America, WaterKeeper Alliance, Environment Now, Grand Canyon Trust, Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Association, Black Mesa Water Coalition, Flagstaff Activist Network, Sacred Land Film Project, Earth Island Institute, Wild Angels, Seventh Generation and the law firms of Shearman & Sterling and Hagens-Berman.

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