We kick things off by finding out a little bit about Gary's background and how he came to become interested in the Native American culture of the American Southwest. We find out what specifically lit the spark in his mind to cause him to investigate the Hopi / Orion correlation. Gary explains the burgeoning field of "astroarchaeology", what it is and how one goes about studying it. From there, Gary gives us a thumbnail sketch of the Hopi people and what made them different from some of the other Native American tribes.
The conversation then turns to the Hopi / Orion connection and what reasons the Hopi give for the startling correlation between their monuments and the constellation. This turns to Gary telling us about the Hopi God "Masau", who is intergral to the legends of how the Hopi decided on where to settle and build. We ponder whether it was even logistically possible for the Hopi people to build a mirror of Orion on Earth, using just their own methods and observations, or if it required "help from outside". We discuss more about Masau, including how it is still pretty taboo for Hopis to discuss Masau and we find out whereabouts Masau would rank in the heirarchy of the Hopi gods.
We discuss the myth and lore of the Hopi which suggests direct interraction between them and the Masau and Gary tells us his opinion on how much of that was real. Gary explains the concept of the Hopi "underworld" and how it can be conceptualized by a layperson. Jumping around chronologically, just a bit, we discuss the evolution of the Hopi culture, as described in their legends, which says that we are living in the "fourth world". This segues into a discussion of the "ant people" who are said to have helped the Hopi survive massive "world ending" cataclysms. We find out about what the "ant people" may have looked like, when they seemed to disappear from Hopi legend, and if there is any geographical location given for their residence in the American Southwest.
This turns into a discussion on the "lost city in the Grand Canyon", an oft overlooked esoteric mystery from the turn of the 20th century. How did the story even come about, what was discovered in the "lost city", and why has the story all but disappeared. From there, we talk about the Egyptian / Orion connection, how it's indicative of a "global Orion connection", and what that may mean in a big picture sense. We look at a variety of scenarios that may have caused this "global Orion culture" and Gary gives us his opinion on which is most likely to have been the source of the Orion obsession. Turning towards big picture analysis of the book, we talk about how "The Orion Zone" doesn't outright endorse the "ancient astronaut" theory, but does a great job of laying the evidence out for the theory, based on Hopi legends. Gary tells us what he thinks the Hopi perspective is on the idea that their Gods were "ancient astronauts".
Rounding out the interview, our conversation turns toward the Hopi prophecies. We find out what gives the Hopi people the idea that we are at the end of this "world" and what that ending forebodes for the rest of humanity. Gary tells us the Hopi prophecy for End Times and how the Hopi are ready for the return of a Serpent figure who will mark the beginning of this End Time. We find out if there is anything on the horizon that we should be looking for that may correspond with the Hopi prophecy.
Wrapping it all up, we find out what's next for Gary A. David, including a future book that extends the "Orion connection" and delves more into the ET potential of said connection, plus some insight into the many interesting facets of theorionzone.com website.
Gary A. David has been intrigued by the Four Corners region of the United States since his initial trip there in 1987. The following year he sojourned in northern New Mexico where he studied rock art and indigenous ruins. In late 1994 he moved to Arizona and began an intensive research of the ancestral Puebloans and their descendants the Hopi. This resulted in his book The Orion Zone: Ancient Star Cites of the American Southwest, published in late 2005. His articles have appeared in Ancient American and Atlantis Rising magazines, and are forthcoming in Fate and World Explorer magazines.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Master of Arts in the literature of the American West from the University of Colorado. He is the author of a number of books, including A Log of Deadwood: a Postmodern Epic of the South Dakota Gold Rush (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, 1993) and Tierra Zia: Poems and Petroglyphs from New Mexico (nine muses books, Winston, Oregon, 1996), both available from Amazon.com. He is also editor and webmaster of Island Hills Books, an online publishing house, distribution center, and showcase for literature that focuses on the spirit of place.
David has worked as a college instructor of English and creative writing, a traveling ambassador for the South Dakota Arts Council, and a professional lead guitarist and vocalist. He currently lives in rural northern Arizona where, thankfully, the skies are still relatively pristine.
His website is theorionzone.com