Can it be that Humans
Are not of this Earth?
A few years ago my wife and I had the privilege of living for about three months with a Navajo medicine man and his
wife. Their rickety old house was in the wilderness of Arizona, not far from the Four Corners, a point where the states of
Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.
Even though it was a remote area, amazing things had a way of happening
there. We witnessed peyote tent meetings, saw humans change into animals and then back again, watched
half naked Ye'ii Bi'cheii dancers by the light of winter campfires and experienced the effects of magic
spells and healing prayer while the smoke of burning cedar filled the room.
We learned that everything we thought was
real and true was only an illusion.
On one particularly memorable night we had a room full of very unusual visitors.
They included two traveling Mormon missionaries, the medicine man and his wife, and the wife's parents and grandmother.
grandmother, who spoke only Navajo, was a frail little woman. In spite of her size, however, she filled the room with her
mental strength. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that she was the matriarch in this family. Even though she spoke few
words, those words were law.
During the course of our conversation, I happened to mention Richard Hoagland's
book, The Monuments of Mars, which revealed the
first enhanced NASA photographs of the controversial face and nearby ruins of buildings on the red planet. The pictures were
taken during one of our first fly-by missions to Mars in about 1976, when Hoagland was associated with NASA and working as
an advisor to veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite.
We also talked about Hoagland's latest theory, which suggests there
also might be ruins of buildings on the dark side of the moon.
The old woman seemed very interested in our conversation
and kept asking her family to translate what we were saying. It was after she fully understood what we were discussing that
she made a surprise statement. "We have always known about the buildings on the moon," she said. She acted indignant, as if
we white folks were complete fools for not already knowing this.
This year our latest Viking space mission to Mars
has been sending us thousands of new and more intricate pictures of the planet, many of them zeroing in on that same spot
which either Hoagland or NASA has dubbed "Cydonia."
While our national news people have poked fun at Hoagland followers
who believe the mile-wide carved human face in the Martian rock really exists, a study of the new pictures presented on Hoagland's
web site (www.enterprisemission.com) makes this writer sit up and take notice.
There, in black and white,
are not only sharper images of the face but formations that look very much like the ruins of a great city surrounding it.
There are long, straight lines that appear to be the remains of giant walls. Other structures look like large pyramids, bigger
than any of the ancient structures we find on Earth. Yet another building has three levels, each one smaller than the one
Hoagland's most recent idea, based on a discovery by the Galileo space mission to Jupiter, is that the moon
Europea is an ocean of frozen ice, suggests that life forms may be living under this ice.
These discoveries, the revelation
by a group of scientists about two years ago that the fossil remains of primitive life were found in a meteorite which originated
from Mars, and stories among the aboriginal people that suggest visitors from outer space and buildings on the moon, are not
welcome news because they challenge age-old belief systems.
How ironic that our educators are still locked in heated
debate about whether evolution and creation theories should be taught side-by-side in our public schools. At the same time
we are trying very hard to ignore an increasing layer of scientific evidence that offers an intriguing third theory as to
Just suppose, if the truth were known, that we are all really aliens.