Links/Similarities between Tibetan and Native American groups.

“From the Roof of the World to the Land of Enchantment: The Tibet-Pueblo Connection”

Excerpt by Antonio Lopez

“”In the incongruous atmosphere of the Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, an extraordinary encounter took place in 1979. During the Dalai Lama’s first visit to North America, he met with three Hopi elders. The spiritual leaders agreed to speak in only in their Native tongues. Through Hopi elder and interpreter Thomas Benyakya, delegation head Grandfather David’s first words to the Dalai Lama were: “Welcome home.”

The Dalai Lama laughed, noting the striking resemblance of the turquoise around Grandfather David’s neck to that of his homeland. He replied: “And where did you get your turquoise?”

Since that initial meeting, the Dalai Lama has visited Santa Fe to meet with Pueblo leaders, Tibetan Lamas have engaged in numerous dialogues with Hopis and other Southwestern Indians, and now, through a special resettlement program to bring Tibetan refugees to the United States, New Mexico has become a central home for relocated Tibetan families.

As exchanges become increasingly common between Native Americans and Tibetans, a sense of kinship and solidarity has developed between the cultures. While displacement and invasion have forced Tibetans to reach out to the global community in search of allies, the Hopi and other Southwestern Native Americans have sought an audience for their message of world peace and harmony with the earth. In the context of these encounters are the activities of writers and activists who are trying to bridge the two cultures. A flurry of books and articles have been published, arguing that Tibetans and Native Americans may share a common ancestry.

The perception of similarity between Native Americans of the Southwest and the Tibetans is undeniably striking. Beyond a common physicality and turquoise jewelry, parallels include the abundant use of silver and coral, the colors and patterns of textiles and long braided hair, sometimes decorated, worn by both men and women.

When William Pacheco, a Pueblo student, visited a Tibetan refugee camp in India, people often spoke Tibetan to him, assuming that he was one of them.

“Tibetans and Native American Pueblo people share a fondness for chile (though Tibetans claim pueblo chile is too mild!),” says Pacheco, “and a fondness for turquoise, used by both cultures as ways to ward off evil spirits. Also, the prophecy of Guru Rinpoche, when he said, ‘when Tibetans are scattered throughout the world, and horses run on iron wheels and when iron birds fly, the dharma will come to the land of the red man.'”...

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I’ve also heard of other native groups who see link themselves to Tibetans through prophecies. One group I remember reading about was a native group in Alaska who interpret their prophecies to mean that in the near future the Dalai Lama will shift the healing powers of the world from Tibet to Alaska because of all destruction the Chinese have inflicted to the monasteries and the other religious institutes there. They believe that when this shift occurs the world will begin to “heal itself”.

I also noticed that the Navajo Indians make sand paintings and then destroy it after it is completed just as Tibetans do. But in contrast they make them for healing purposes and then destroy them because they believe the paintings take in the illness of the person they are trying to heal and thus destroy the painting because it has become “toxic. Whereas in Tibetan “sand paintings” or Mandalas they are destroyed because it represents the Buddhist belief of impermanence.

The Hopi Indians also have a very interesting interpretation of their prophecy where they believe the Tibetans have a very close relation to them. I can’t remember the exact detailed explanation they had but I remember that it had to do with Tibet being situated on the exact opposite side of the world as them and also because of the very strange language links. In the Hopi language, the word for love sounds very similar to the Tibetan word for hate and the word for love in Tibetan sounds very similar to the Hopi word for hate. This is also the case with the words Sun and Moon in both languages and there were others words that I can’t remember as well.

Hopi prophecy also believes that the world is comprised of 4 different people represented by a color. The Native Americans are said to be of the red people and are a people deeply attached to nature. They also have sacred stone tablet which is kept with the Hopi tribe. Tibetans and East Asians are said to be the yellow people and they are deeply spiritual people, their sacred stone tablet is said to be kept by the Tibetan people. The other two peoples are the black people, who are the people of Africa who are said to keep their sacred stone tablets at Mt. Kiliminjaro by a certain African tribe there and the Europeans are the white people who are said to excel in crafting things and harnessing fire (ie: technology), they are said to keep their sacred stone tablet in Switzerland.

Edit: I’ve found a excerpt explaining the whole prophecy or belief.

To the Indian people, the red people, he gave the Guardianship of the earth. We were to learn during this cycle of time the teachings of the earth, the plants that grow from the earth, the foods that you can eat, and the herbs that are healing so that when we came back together with the other brothers and sisters we could share this knowledge with them. Something good was to happen on the earth.

To the South, he gave the yellow race of people the Guardianship of the wind. They were to learn about the sky and breathing and how to take that within ourselves for spiritual advancement. They were to share that with is at this time.

To the West He gave the black race of people the Guardianship of the water. They were to learn the teachings of the water which is the chief of the elements, being the most humble and the most powerful.

To the North He gave the white race of people the Guardianship of the fire. If you look at the center of many of the things they do you will find the fire. They say a light bulb is the white man’s fire. If you look at the center of a car you will find a spark. If you look at the center of the airplane and the train you will find the fire. The fire consumes, and also moves. This is why it was the white brothers and sisters who began to move upon the face of the earth and reunite us as a human family.”

Here’s some info about the stone tablets and their wherabouts:

And so a long time passed, and the Great Spirit gave each of the four races two stone tablets. Ours are kept at the Hopi Reservation in Arizona at Four Corners Area on 3rd Mesa.

I talked to people from the black race and their stone tablets are at the foot of Mount Kenya. They are kept by the Kukuyu Tribe…

The stone tablets of the yellow race of people are kept by the Tibetans, in Tibet. If you went straight through the Hopi Reservation to the other side of the world, you would come out in Tibet. The Tibetan word for “sun” is the Hopi word for “moon” and the Hopi word for “sun” is the Tibetan word for “moon”.

The guardians of the traditions of the people of Europe are the Swiss. In Switzerland, they still have a day when each family brings out its mask. They still know the colors of the families, they still know the symbols, some of them. I went to school with some people from Switzerland at the University of Washington and they shared this with me.

Each of these four peoples happen to be people that live in the mountains.

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57 thoughts on “Links/Similarities between Tibetan and Native American groups.

  1. Anonymous

    interesting… thanks.. its such a coincidence that someone was talking about the relationship between the Native americans and the Tibetans few days back …

  2. Anonymous

    I checked internet and found at the Hopi words for both sun and moon.

    It’s true, Hopi taawa for ‘sun’ does look a whole lot like Tibetan daawa for ‘moon.’

    However, Hopi muuyaw for ‘moon’ doesn’t look at all like Tibetan nyima for ‘sun.’ Of course there may be oher Hopi words for ‘sun’ …


  3. Jigme32

    I remember I found a site along time ago that had all the similar Tibetan and Hopi words on a big list but I lost it. I think I remember the “love” and “hate” words being the best example since they were almost the exact same.

  4. Anonymous

    If the red people are connected to nature, the yellow to spirituality, and the white to technology, what are the black people connected to? Not looking for flame. Just asking out of curiosity.

  5. Jigme32

    “To the West He gave the black race of people the Guardianship of the water. They were to learn the teachings of the water which is the chief of the elements, being the most humble and the most powerful.”

    The explanation for the “Black race” is very vague I think compared to the other ones. And even those ones are vague.

    Heres something else interesting from the link:

    “In 1776 when the United States Government printed the dollar, in one claw [of the eagle], if you’ve ever noticed, there is an olive branch in this claw. They said that represented peace. The Indian elders shared with me in South Dakota that to them that represents the enslavement of black people.

    In the prophecies of the Six Nations people they say there will be two great uprisings by black people to free themselves. We’ve seen one about 1964. There will be a second, more violent one to come. I’ll get back to what that means in a minute. In the other claw is 13 arrows. The founding fathers of the United States said that represents the 13 States. But the elders say that represents the enslavement of the Native people.”

    You know this is also pretty vague since they don’t even explain how the 13 arrows and olive branch represent the enslavement of the black people. But then again prophecies are always vague.


    this is very interesting. i’ve always noticed lots of similarities between tibs and native americans. but it is not only tibs tho, i was watching russian news and they showed some mongol descents practising shamanism which looks exactly as natives. i mean their ritual, tools, jewleries, clothing, and the gods they were worshipping; earth, animals spirits, different elements of earth. so i thought maybe the indians are more related to tibetan bhonpo or bhon religion than buddhism. what about south america’s connection to tibeto mongols because s. americans also look and share similar cultures of us. sorry or not capitalizing’ im typing from a phone keypad. thanks bhod gyal lo.

  7. Jigme32

    I just found something interesting. This quote:

    “When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the world, and the dharma will come to the land of the red-faced man.”

    “land of the red-faced man” actually most likely refers to the pre-Buddhist Tibetans who were said to have painted their faces in red ocre before war.

  8. Samuel

    I don’t know people why people didn’t mention about Tibetan people consider themself are red people.

    It’s very interesting that Tibetans’ and Native Americans’ phsical feature, traditions, culture, decorations, language, supersitions, the way of prophisy and much more are so similar.

  9. Abdallah Tenywa

    hi guys, i am realy happy for all that i am reading up in here, however, i am blackman from africa and i happen to live near mount kenya. my question is, where is this stone tablet for black gate kept? i need the exact location, becoz in some theories they say it was lost and some say it is in mount kilimanjaro. iam damn sure that it is in the foot of mount kenya but what part of tha foot? thats my question,. thank you guys. you can contact me through my email address or here if you have the inmformation.

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  11. Ann

    If anyone studies shamanism, or take a class on shamanism in general, it is definately pointed out that there is a spiritual connection beween the shamans of both cultures as they connect with the higher powers. It was always presented very respectfully as a mystery as to why or what this connection is or means. I am relieved to hear about this puzzle piece as possibly being a connection that the Tibetans have a safe-haven here in America with their decentants, the Native Americans. I look forward to learning more. Always learning.

  12. Ann

    Regarding the study of anthropology, if anyone studies shamanism, or ever takes a class on shamanism (at a local community college from a respected professor for at least the respect of fellow people on the planet – oh my goodness!!! WOW!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! I learned SO MUCH about the world, other cultures, spirituality, what is actually meaningful, the human mind, all people, true peace, and myself.) It is definately pointed out during this that there is a HUGE spiritual connection beween the spirit worlds of the shamen of both the Hopi and Tibetan cultures as they each connect with their own spiritual higher powers for guidance, a connection between the opposite physical positions of these cultures on the planet, completely undeniable cultural similarities and connections including language, traditions, and ideology, and obvious genetically passed physical similarities. It has always been presented in classes, very respectfully, lovingly, and as a beautiful mystery as to why or what this connection is or means. I am very interested and relieved to hear that this puzzle piece possibly could, in addition to other things with this timeless spiritual connection, mean that the true peace loving Tibetan people have a safe-haven here in America with all of American people, but more much more importantly, their decendants and cousins, the Native Americans of the Hopi and other Original People of American areas. It is special that there could be such a reunion of two or more such beautiful and cherished cultures and heritages. I look forward to learning more. Always learning.

  13. Ann

    Appologies: Leaving my email only, of course, without it being given out, please. Thank you. Please don’t give my email out to any one else. Thank you.

  14. I am writing a book of fiction concerning a girl of Tibetan descent who is told she is Hopi, and is raised by a Hopi mother and Grandmother. I am doing research now into the symbols of the three dots in a triangle and the arrow (which came to me in vision while writing). I’m looking also at burial rituals of the Hopi and Tibetans. I have been a student of comparative religion and mysticism for over forty years, and am finding this writing project very exciting. I hope your website can provide more food for thought and inspiration. Thank you. Susan Arzani Burman
    (Arzani is my Sufi name).

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  16. Adreanna

    Susan, are you talking about three dots in the shape of an upward-pointing triangle? I’ve seen those in Masonic writings–one in particular was an old copy of Albert Pike’s ‘Morals and Dogma’ (a nasty read coloring things like control, slavery, and human sacrifice as patriotic and holy endeavors, indeed the book was so taintingly evil that I couldn’t bring myself to finish it–just look at this excerpt from page 27 of the thing, “…The true Mason is he who labors strenuously to help his Order effect its great purposes. Not that the Order can effect them by itself but that it, too, can help. It also is one of God’s instruments. It is a Force and a Power; and shame upon it, if it did not exert itself, and, if need be, sacrifice its children in the cause of humanity, as Abraham was ready to offer up Isaac on the alter of sacrifice….). I found the book extremely vile, as I found the author after I did some research on his life as head Mason of the United States at the time, one of the most bloodthirsty Confederate Generals of the Civil War, and a co-founder of the Ku Klux Klan. Masonic symbols are also all over U.S. treasury notes and coins. I remember reading a Hopi prophesy about how they believed that the arrows in the art on U.S. money in the eagle’s claws represented Native Americans being repressed by this government. I don’t know if these are the connections you are looking for, it’s just what sprang to mind when I read your words above. Especially since in my private studies, it seems to me that Masonic entities are what is trying to keep the world in a spiritually dead, materialistic slavery, while in direct opposition to this kind of thinking indigenous influences like the Hopi and Tibetans are trying to set the world free spiritually. If you haven’t checked out some of Alex Jones’ free movies on youtube, it’ll give you an insight to what these Masonic entities have been up to. Good luck with your book. I hope it brings light and joy not only to you but to all who read it. I live in Prescott, Arizona and have been up to visit the Hopi reservation and also the new Buddhist temple occupied by monks from Nepal in Chino Valley (the next town over from mine) and have noticed the impressive similarities between the two cultures first-hand. Sounds like a really cool endeavor on your part.

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  18. tenzinator

    weirdly ihad a dream last niqht dat iwas supposd to b a native, buh m tibetan & aftr seein thiss. Its really freakin me outt

  19. Thanks Adreanna. I am aware of the three dots as a Masonic symbol. I guess it probably won’t be the one I use in my story as I haven’t found it in the Native American cultures (although it appears in many cultures throughout the world. A swastika, of all things, is also common to both Hopi and Tibetan culture turning counter-clockwise. (Hitler, a student of the power of symbol, adapted the swastika and switched its direction to clockwise.)

    To Tenzinator, there must be a reason you are drawn to this string. You must already know there is an important connection for you here.

  20. Don

    The three dots were also real stone-mason marks, and you can see them, as I have, used on stones in situ in the walls at Jacob’s Ford in the Holy Land. Pike’s book is only ever mentioned by anti-Masons and (only then) by defenders of Masonry. Anti-Masonry, like anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism, is one of the ugliest aspects of the American past, just like slavery and the child sacrifices then and still made today in wars. (No, I’m not a Mason, but yes, I hate to see anti-Masonic hatred that is based on a tradition of mindless repetition.)

  21. Tenzin

    The only reason that Tibetans may look a bit like native Americans is because of the Turkic settlers from the north intermixing with the Tibetan population. . Physical similarities can be misleading since there is no genetic evidence linking Tibetans to Native Americans. I don’t understand why we Tibetans are still so hung up on mysticism and spirituality in advance of scientific evidence. If anything, Buddhism encourages one to examine something thoroughly before believing it.

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    Dear Jigme,
    I think the connection between Tibetans and Native Americans is via Siberia abd Mongolia. Check out anthropological work on ancient Siberia, and you’ll find the roots of these cultures. It’s a fascinating comparative study.

  26. MorningStar

    Some very intresting stuff. I myself am a Keresan Pueblo close similarities between the
    Hopi and even the Navajo. But with the Keresans religion and culture are very closely garded and are very seldomly shared with the rest of the world to protect our way of life. We do believe that we were put here by the Creator. I also believe science to an extent that it is true that Asian cultures did come over and mix into our Indigenious Peoples.

  27. yangchen ct

    I agree. Just the root of Tibetan and Native American culture. The spiritual aspect, respecting the Mother land, praying after killing an animal, etc.

  28. Alberto Bonazzi

    Hi, I saw this site while surfing for this topic, which stroke me powerfully while travelling in Qinghai/Sichuan/Yunnan (areas of Tibetan influence further from Yellow Cap hegemony). I’d like to point out:
    -architecture, in its basic forms and decorations, is really similar to that of stantial american natives;
    -predilections in dresses much alike between central amerindian and tibetans;
    -devil dance and mahakala cult;
    -nomadic dance festivals.
    Anyway, yep, seems definitively something much older than buddhism.

  29. wow my name is dawa! if red indians have a similar language then tibetans like me will have a good time preserving both languages or should i say rediscovering my own language. oh… red indians could use the tibetan script if they don’t have one. tibetan script came from the devangri script in india. it is said to be a good script cuz what you writet is exactly what you speak no silent letters in a word plus the way the alphabets are written tell you how to pronounce the letter, even a deff person can learn this script called devangri.

  30. Very interesting article and comments. There seem to be many similarities between the Hopi culture and the
    people and culture of Tibet. That is significant because the Hopi and Navajo but particularly the Hopi are the
    tribes that have the most in common with the long departed Anasazi culture. Is it possible the reason that the
    Hopi culture and the Tibetan culture have so much in common and share so many cultural traits is that the
    Anasazi people were in fact a people with direct or indirect connections with Tibet, spoke the language of Tibet
    and were Vajrayana Buddhists the religion of Tibet. If that were in fact the case it would explain many mysteries.
    It would explain the Vedic Buddhist geoglyphs in Colorado accessed by googling “Ancient Buddha Tree of Life
    Lotus Flower Colorado”. It would also explain why the Vedic Manji (the swastika) is so prominent among the
    the Four Corners of the Pacific Southwest the exact area occupied by the Anasazi Puebloan people. In this
    same areas are numerous examples of customs, symbols and culture of Vedic Buddhism. Google: “Were
    the Anasazi People Buddhist” and “Mandalas Mantras Manjis and Monuments” The comparisons of these
    cultures is amazing.

  31. Are there similarities between the Ghost
    Dance of Tibet and the Ghost Dance
    celebrated so famously by Native Americans
    from 1888 to 1890 where it’s use was
    halted at the massacre of Wounded Knee
    South Dakota?

  32. Hendon Harris

    For a scholarly article comparing the role of women in the Navajo and Buddhist culture google: ” Dimensions
    of Dine (Navajo) and Buddhist Traditions”. There are several striking similarities between these two cultures
    separated by thousands of miles that seem to suggest that at some time in history these cultures were connected.

  33. Hendon Harris

    Do you wonder if the Dalai Lama has an opinion on the similarities between the Navajo and Hopi tribes and the
    culture and religion of Tibetan Buddhism? He does have an opinion and he’s expressed it in an endorsement
    letter in the front of a book on the subject. Read: “Navajo and Tibetan Sacred Wisdom: The Circle of the Spirit”
    by Peter Gold. Does it take a leap of reason to believe that since His Holiness wrote this letter for this book that
    he either believes this hypothesis or at a minimum leans in that direction.

  34. Hendon Harris

    There is an interestingly shaped rock in Thailand that you can see by googling: “Isan home to ancient Dvaravati
    ruins”. This rock formation in Thailand has been positively identified to ancient Buddhism. Then why is it that
    this same rock formation is showing up several times in the Four Corners area. The first example is found right
    outside the doors of a Hopi pueblo. Google: “1879 Dancers Rock Hopi” It is well known and acknowledged and was used for a variety of ceremonial purposes. Another example beautifully photographed can be seen at
    “Bent Hoodoo by Ned”. The rock formation is in the Bisti Badlands just north of Chaco Canyon, the largest Anasazi settlement. The last example I know of (there many be many more) is found at Fisher Towers
    near Moab, Utah. You can access it by googling: “The Cobra Formation Fisher Towers Moab Utah.”
    If we “white guys” spent less time figuring out how to promote our culture and spent more time looking at the
    evidences of highly advanced cultures in North America prior to Columbus we could then see the evidence
    of Buddhism and other influences here and then could learn the truth. Google: “Were the Anasazi People Buddhist?” “Mandalas Mantras Manjis and Monuments and “hendon’s geoglyphs”.

  35. Anonymous

    very interesting article n comments…i dont know i just keep on reading reading n reading n its becoming more n more interesting…Thanks to all for giving me more knowledge..

  36. Hendon Harris

    The Manji (swastika) is an ancient Vedic symbol common to all Vedic religions including Buddhism and Hinduism.
    Sanskrit is the ancient language of India so therefore the language of early Hinduism and Buddhism. Manji
    is a Sanskrit word that translated into English literally means “Whirlwind”. So although well respected anthropologists have said that exact same symbol appearing even today in the Hopi and Navajo culture is
    totally and completely unrelated to any other possible outside North American influences then how is it possible
    that the Navajo people know and call this symbol the “Whirling Logs” while the Hopi culture know this symbol by
    the exact same name as its original name in Sanskrit–“The Whirlwind”? If you can believe that’s a coincidence
    then you can believe anything.

  37. Hendon Harris

    Speaking of similarities between the Hopi tribe, Buddhism and Buddhist building and construction techniques,
    have you seen a picture of the earliest extant Hopi pueblo at Walpi, Az on the First Mesa? Google: “Walpi
    and the First Mesa Ansel Adams” for a beautiful image of this structure dating back to approximately 900 CE when the Anasazi people were still living here in North America. What’s more than a little fascinating to me about this picture is that it looks like and was built like Buddhist monasteries found throughout the ancient world. “Skywalkers” is a good word to describe those people like the Anasazi, Hopi and Buddhists who cherished living on cliff faces or mountain tops as opposed to the valley floors. For examples of these monasteries and other structures google: “Buddhist Mountain Top Monasteries” and “Five of the World’s Most Inaccessible Monasteries”. At least two Christian monasteries in Europe (Meteora-Greece and Montserrat-Spain) although now occupied and owned by Christian monks they do not claim to have been the original builders of the structures there. Because ancient Hellenistic Buddhism is acknowledged by the entire world and because the Meteora Monasteries look exactly like Buddhist monasteries throughout the ancient world one has to wonder why the obvious connection is not made in acknowledging the fact that their origins were most likely Buddhist.
    This information coupled with the other symbols, customs and monuments of ancient Buddhism in the Four Corners region of the American Pacific Southwest make it difficult to impossible to not recognize that the
    Hopi “skywalkers” and the ancient and now modern Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhist “skywalkers” that are now being resettled on Hopi and Navajo reservation land certainly appear to have had a pre Columbian North American connection. Read “Hopi and Tibetan Prophecy” for even more information.

  38. Hendon Harris

    Walpi Village, ancient home of the Hopi, is perhaps the oldest continuously occupied community in American history. Walpi sits proudly on the top of the First Mesa. Google: “Walpi Village Ansel Adams” for the image.
    The location of Walpi Village on the top of First Mesa is not unlike the location of Buddhist monasteries and
    temples on the tops of barely accessible mountaintops throughout the history of Buddhism. You can see
    beautiful examples of this by googling; “Beautiful Mountain Top Monasteries” Some of these monasteries
    are now occupied by other religions who now claim them as there own but never claimed to have built them
    themselves. Examples of this are the “Meteora Monasteries” and the “Mount Athos Monasteries” in Greece
    that are now occupied by Christian monks who have never claimed to have built the structures. This is also
    true of the Montserrat Monasteries on the east coast of Spain. It is clearly established that Buddhism was
    a major influence in Greece and the Mediterranean area BCE. Google: “Hellenistic Buddhism”. To my knowledge no other religion other than Buddhism has had the rock carving technical abilities as well as the
    tradition of building monasteries and temples “in the sky”. Therefore its interesting to note that the Hopi
    who seem to share so many Vedic Buddhist symbols and customs also have their oldest community “in the
    sky”. For numerous images of “ceremonial plaza” and the rock formation that plays such a major role in
    their Snake Dance and other ceremonies google: “Dancers’ Rock Walpi Village”. One of the pictures in
    the Images section shows a group of Hopi women holding baskets that display the Mandalas that they have
    woven into the bottoms of the baskets.

  39. Hendon Harris

    On August 8th 1883 President Chester Arthur on his way to Yellowstone Park (to go fishing) became the
    first U.S. President to meet Native American tribal leaders on their own land. He met with Chief Washakie
    in his lodge and the other Shoshoni and Arapaho chiefs and tribal leaders outside. While they were waiting outside on horseback a picture was taken of the chiefs and their elders. In the picture there are approximately 18 Native Americans visable of which 6 were holding umbrellas on a hot summer afternoon. The description
    of the event and the reason for the umbrellas in the picture is in the book “The Great Chiefs” of the Old West Series by Time-Life Books on page 145. (A used copy of this book including this picture can be purchased for just a few dollars on the Amazon Books website) The explanation given in the book confirmed what I had immediately suspected when I saw the umbrellas being held that day. “The chiefs hold umbrellas to distinguish
    them from ordinary warriors.” Umbrellas used on a sunny day are called parasols. Parasols are one of the
    Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. The Parasol is called a “Chattra” in ancient Sanskrit the language of
    India. The literal interpretation from Sanskrit to English is “mushroom” because that is a description of its
    shape. In Vedic Buddhism and all Vedic religions from India the chattra was a symbol of protection for a
    precious place such as a temple or other holy site or a precious person such as a king, a chief or other
    important leader including gurus or high priests. Technically there are different colored chattras for kings (leaders) than there are for priests (religious leaders). Only the Dalai Lama is authorized to be under the
    shelter of Both Chattras. For more information on this topic google: “The Buddhist Parasol”
    For years now scholars while acknowledging that the Mayans and the Aztecs also used this Vedic Buddhist
    type symbolism have vigorously denied absolutely any connection between Vedic India and any part of the
    Americas. The fact that elephants so important in Vedic India life and culture show up in art forms in the Americas as well as Vedic symbols and customs here too numerous to mention lead me to believe that there is
    “a movement” afoot to discredit this theory for cultural and religious reasons. What other reasons could there
    be for something that is this patently obvious? Google: “Were the Anasazi People Buddhists” “Mandalas
    Mantras Manji’s Monuments” and “Dimensions of Dine (Navajo) and Buddhist Traditions”

  40. Hendon Harris

    Arches are found throughout the Four Corners region. Arches Natl Park in Utah is home to not only 2000
    plus beautiful arches but numerous other unusual rock formations as well. But there are countless others
    spread throughout the region. Rainbow Bridge is a huge land bridge arch now on the banks of Lake Powell.
    It’s also one of the most sacred Navajo religious sites. So we know that at least one of these arches if not
    many more holds a special place in the cultures of several of the native tribes living in the area. Some of
    the many arches there include Delicate Arch, Anasazi Arch, Corona Arch as well as Window Rock (arch)
    the capital and administrative center for the Navajo Nation. Rainbow Bridge is ranked in the “Tour of the
    Big 14” largest land bridges in the world. Twelve of these land bridges are in either China or the Four
    Corners. One was recently located in Afghanistan (Gandhara) an ancient highly advanced Buddhist civilization
    that was home to Buddhist missionary priest Hwui Shan and the huge stone carved “Giant Budhas”that were
    recently destroyed by the Taliban. Another huge arch is located in Chad Africa. Google: “Forgotten Wonders
    in the Dead Heart of Africa” for the image of Aloba Arch and numerous other mushroom shaped rocks and
    very thin rock features like those known as Park Ave Arches Natl Park with large arches cut into these
    freestanding arch formations. Because these unusual rocks are so similar to those at the Bisti Badlands as
    well as the park just mentioned I believe that all 14 of these largest land bridges are tied to ancient Buddhism.
    Arches have a significant role in all ancient Vedic religions including Buddhism. The Vedic arch is known as
    the Torana. The Torana serves as a temple gateway arch or a frame for a figure like Buddha or another
    Vedic sacred image. The most important part of the Torana is the land directly under the arch where that
    sacred image rests. It’s therefore interesting that recently the Navajo sued the U.S. government in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the 300,000 tourists who annually come to Rainbow Bridge from “walking
    under the arch and across the sacred land immediately beneath”. Does this sound somewhat familiar?

  41. Hendon Harris

    Sacred ceremonial masks are a common feature in all Buddhist cultures as well as the cultures of the
    Native American tribal communities of the Four Corners. Is this another coincidence? I think not.
    Google: “Buddhist Masks” and “Native American Masks” to see the similarities for yourself. For other
    similarities google: “Buddhist Symbols Customs and Monuments in North America”. The Persian Manticore
    was a well known icon in 5th century India. However, evidence of a Persian Manticore clearly remains in Arches National Park. Google: “The King Arches National Park” The best explanation of the manticore and all the
    other Vedic India customs and symbols here are that these influences were brought here by Hwui Shan and
    his group of four other Buddhist missionary monks in 458 CE and the many other Buddhists who apparently
    followed the initial party here. The North Pacific Gyre was known to pre Modern Asians as the Wei Lu Current
    according to renown sinologist Joseph Needham. This current flows in a giant clockwise motion up the
    China coast past Japan turning east south of Alaska then south along the North American coast before it
    turns west across the Pacific Ocean to the China coast where it continues the same flow again and again.
    Therefore since prehistoric times Asia and North America have been “connected” by this current that not only made the journey to North America much easier for Asians who knew of the current but also the same conveyor belt “express lane” carried them home to China and the rest of Asia. Google: “History of the Chinese Navy”
    “Ancient Chinese Shipbuilding” and “Ancient Chinese Navigation and Nautical Skills”. A good book on this
    subject is “When China Ruled the Seas” by Louise Levathes. For those who want to know the truth of the
    pre Columbian North America cultures all you need to do is connect the available cultural and religious dots.
    If you do this you will see a clear pattern of ancient Buddhism emerging despite the protestations of Eurocentric
    scholars who have a clear agenda to keep you from seeing what is so clearly there.

  42. patriciasnodgrass

    Reblogged this on The Only Buddhist in Town and commented:
    This is a fascinating article I found on the similarities between Tibetans and some South Western Native tribes. This of course doesn’t surprise me. Although many of my native friends and family will state that we have always lived on the Americas, I agree with scientists when they say our ancestors came from Asia centuries ago. As far as I’m concerned, this is an instance of finding lost family.

  43. Reblogged this on Sally Ember, Ed.D. and commented:
    I have also found striking linguistic and phenotype similarities between the the Navajo and Tibetan peoples, particularly in the syntax of both languages, influencing the tonal and syntactical ways many of the ones I have spoken with speak English as a non-native language and in their facial features. Can’t be coincidences.

  44. I have also found striking linguistic and phenotype similarities between the the Navajo and Tibetan peoples, particularly in the syntax of both languages, influencing the tonal and syntactical ways many of the ones I have spoken with speak English as a non-native language and in their facial features. Can’t be coincidences.

  45. “The Flying Canadian Goose Bisti Badlands” is a beautiful rock formation in New Mexico. It got it’s name because that is what it looks
    like. But could it also be much more? Could this rock formation also be
    an ancient sacred Vedic symbol? Could it be an ancient carved image
    of Hamsa? Google: “Hamsa Vedic Swan Goose”. In ancient Vedic
    mythology Hamsa was the flying vehicle of Hindu goddess Saraswathi.
    For more on ancient Vedic culture google: “The Decline of Varuna 7
    Parts”. “Buddhist Symbols and Customs North America”

  46. Hendon Harris

    Recently several articles have been written about the “Mysterious
    Mapmakers” whose mapping technology inexplicably showed up in
    13th to 17th century Europe. These “inconvenient maps” contain the highly developed use of the compass as well as the knowledge and the ability to use latitude and longitude lines to grid the entire world. The problem with this is that although Europe was able to successfully copy this work they did not know how to use it for themselves or how it was calculated until centuries later. This ties back to N America’s Anasazi culture in the early centuries of the Common Era because some scholars such as Dr. Stephen Lekson, University of Colorado,
    who believe that the Anasazi also knew how to calculate and use latitude and longitude lines because of the construction of all their major settlements north and south along what we know of today as the 108th Meridian West which is one of our longitude lines. How did the Anasazi people know that? If the Anasazi culture was Buddhist as I theorize, Buddhism was brought to N America by Buddhists from Asia. In 458CE Both Asia and Europe were working on a complex worldwide grid mapping system a few centuries prior to the Anasazi arrival.
    Although Asia continued to work on improving this for the next thousand or more years, Europe for religious and cultural reasons turned their back on scientific research and innovation by the 3rd
    century CE and that situation existed until the 13th century when
    suddenly Europe needed to know how to use the ancient oceanic sea routes to get the spices from Asia that they so desperately desired.
    Those were the old “Oceanic Silk Road” and “Oceanic Spice Road Maps” highly used from the 3rd Century BCE to the 3rd Century CE Then the maps and mapping technology that best described these ancient “highways”became important. The problem with these highly advanced maps is that their origins were Asian. Apparently there was no way that Europe just emerging from their “Dark Ages” was going to
    give credit to those Asian Barbarians with their different appearance, their awful religions and strange cultures for the brilliant scientific work they had accomplished. The most powerful European entities decided this rechnology was to be claimed by Europe of being of European research and origination. The problem with this plagiarism is that obviously “the gears don’t mesh” “it doesn’t line up” “you can’t reconcile it”. It’s extremely hard to impossible to get a lie to line up with the surrounding facts that are accepted by everyone. However, with the authority of the medieval Roman Catholic Church enforcing this Eurocentric version of history in the beginning this powerful role has now be transferred to Western Academia which enforces a vow of silence and heavy professional penalties on any professional scholar who dares to question this “their theory” Now our very own Library of Congress is involved in this deception. Google: “Inconvenient Maps at the Library of Congress”. It doesn’t take a lot of research to see for yourself what has been going on here. Google: “Zhang Heng Cartographer” “Phei Hsiu Cartographer” “Ancient Chinese Cartography” and “Disqus Hendon Harris”. Express yourself.
    Tell me what you think. Do you think I am just a fringe whacko or do you think I am on the right track here. If you find a flaw in my facts or logic please let me know.

  47. i read the comments here and i see some of the stupidest comments and how stupid some of some of these people on here are!!!!

    first off, buddhism is a very recent religion. maybe some 2500+ years ago B.C. The tibetans were not buddhism before that. Buddhism derived from central asia, India. The far east mongol asia practiced different beliefs which is why tibetans have similarities with native americans becuase tibetan has infused some of their old beliefs with modern buddhism. Sky burials and sand paintings are ancient tibetan beliefs infused with buddhism and was never taught by siddartha, the buddha.

    customs of northern and some southern native americans far exceed the timeline of 2500 years ago and dates back before babylonian and egypt, not counting meso amercan(aztec, myans).

    when christ was still around, the teachings of buddhist hasn’t even reached tibetans yet. there have been accounts of tibetan practicing many other traditions including even cannibalism.

    If you just do your stupid research and stop stereotyping asians to buddhism, you will know that the tibetan lhapa (passed down bloodline), who practiced healing and chanting, is a an ancient practice of tibetan borrowed by buddhist tibetan. this makes, tibetan buddhism i different from many other forms of buddhist due to their nature of mixing and merging things with their old beliefs.

    these tibetan shamans hold the source to tibetans roots and are similar to that of the mongols and siberians and they have been doing this for long time before civilization was probably around. they are primarily indigenous or nomads living in the outside civilization. in their rituals, they use the same color cloths as the mongols and tie it around shrines. they have animal parts and drum looking instrument as well. They also are herd tribes raising grass animals in wastetlands. if you see decorations or monestary built with particular design that resembles that of shamanic or indigenous tradition, it’s mostly likely that its an old tibetan trait unrelated to the buddha.

    these are practices of tibetan and mogols and siberians long before buddhist and it’s what makes them similar to other indigenous of america. it has nothing to do with buddhism.

    buddhism is a world religion spreading through words of teaching and going around the world land to land to spread message. if you want to know buddhist, look at the monks in india or south east asia. their goal is to reach purity and enlightment thorugh the focus of morality, ethics, and emotions. they are more about scriptures and teaching and disciples and apprentice. many historical figures like confuscious and lao tzu are famous for this way of life. they become gurus and great teachers. this is something that middle eastern scriptures tend to take off of too with the emergence of christ and mohammad leading to the idea of great teachers, disciples, and saints. you can see that these are more modern forms of practices as they all emerged after human established a form of writing compared to shamans.

    the teachings of the buddhist does require one to look at innerself and understand spiritual side with the earth and surrounding which is what makes it so interconnected with shamanism so it’s no wonder why tibetans merged it with their own beliefs. maybe that’s the only similarity that’s why you people keep thinking buddhism traditions are related to native americans? Maybe the chinese came to american pre columbia age and taught native americans some buddhist practice? maybe joseph smith was right about jesus being in america like the mormans thought? lol. I’m not sure what y’all are saying by bringing buddhism to the conversation.

    that being said, I do believe there are traits similar to tibetans, mongos(relative of tibetans), siberians, and inuits of alaska. They are all deeply connected to nature and are people who live with the spirit of their land deeply connected with their ancestors. Mongols are connected deeply with wolves and eagles. they hunt and gather in tribesman. They wear feathers in their shaman rituals as well. They train raindeers and wear the furcoat of that similar to the greenlands and eskimo. Tibetans and mongols both build teepee tents to live in. The mongols, tibets and inuits all do throat singing. The list goes on and on. These traits of mongols and tibetans are also present in many other nomadic eastern asian mainly the minorities of china in the mountains.

    If you want to argue or talk, just email me. I love talking about history involving cultural anthropology and paleontology.

  48. Enos Jomaga

    HI there, does anyone know more about those stone tablets, especially the people in Switzerland who supposively gard them? I am Swiss but have never heard of this story befor, which doesn’t mean it’s not true. I want to find this people or at least trace them back to find some evidence of their existence. Any hint is appreciated

  49. geowulf

    I believe that in addition to many similarities there are also many differences between the Tibetan people and the American Indians. There is a striking similarity in the oral-based musical tradition, in terms of not only how songs are sung but also how dance is incorporated into a larger ceremony. While there were outlying groups of Tibetans such as the Khambas and nomads, and these groups were quite separated from monks, American Indians were rather divided into autonomous isolated tribes with each their own distinctive cultures. Perhaps an argument could be made to equate the various separated people across the Central Asian Steppe from the Turkmen, Uygyrs, Mongols, Manchus, and some nomadic Arabs with the culturally, linguistically, religiously, and geographically divided American Indian tribes. Each tribe spoke a different language and practiced a unique faith with its own set of unique rituals. The Tibetans alone would better compare to a single American Indian nation, such as the Comanche, or the Navajo, but not to the whole of the native people of north America. However, both Tibetans and American Indians may be compared as perhaps the healers of the earth. People then as now were and are alike, however, all over the world, even before contact between people was ever established. For example, the colors that Tibetans fashioned out of the earth for use in painting was almost identical to the same set of techniques for refining the sharp colors from nature found in Christian paintings during the time of Christ. Therefore, people attuned to the natural world and their environment on opposite sides of the earth perhaps reached similar understandings for how to incorporate the natural world into human civilization without knowledge of one another. Perhaps the most obvious cultural difference stems from the views toward violence and warfare. The American Indians were a terribly violent people long before the white colonists arrived as tribal warfare was a fact of life. Tibetans by contrast are not only on the opposite end of this spectrum despite the futile resistance mounted against the Chinese prior to the full scale invasion. If the American Indians had pledged non-violence, for example, we would sadly probably not even know they ever existed as the white man would have ruthlessly slaughtered every last man, woman, and child if he only could have.

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  51. “The American Indians were a terribly violent people long before the white colonists arrived as tribal warfare was a fact of life.” That’s a powerful statement. Where did you get this information? Would you share with us your sources for making this statement? How far back in
    history do your credible sources take you.?

    I can refer to a credible Asian document (The Liang Shu) originally written in ancient Chinese that describes what many of us believe is the N American Four Corners Region area of the Puebloan People during a precise period of time from 458 CE to approximately 499 CE.

    In contrast to your claim of “violent warring people” this account mentioned above describes these people of the Four Corners Area (which the Chinese refer to as The Land of Women)
    as an primarily nonviolent people.

    Both of these descriptions can not be correct!

    So from what source did you get your information?

    The source of my information is posted online and is an easy read for anyone to access.
    Google: “Pale Ink” by Henriette Mertz. In this easy to read online book is the English translation
    of the Chinese Liang Shu describing the trip of a Buddhist cleric named Hwui Shan and 4 other
    Buddhists who traveled from Gandhara (an ancient advanced Buddhist civilization in what is now Afghanistan) to a place they described as Fu Sang. Hwui Shan after returning to China in
    498 CE told Wu Ti, the Chinese Emperor at that time, that his 40 year missionary trip to Fu Sang had been a success and that so many (Tibetan) Buddhist converts were made in Fu Sang that it had a lasting impact on their culture.

    If this statement made to the emperor was true and if Fu Sang and the “Land of Women” specifically was the Four Corners region of the North American Pacific Southwest then it would
    certainly be reasonable to expect that there would be evidence of that in the Four Corners
    area today.

    Indeed that evidence does exist there to this day! Google: “Mandalas, Mantras, Manjis & Monuments”, “Were the Anasazi Buddhists”, “Dimensions of Dine and Buddhist Traditions” and
    “Evidence of Ancient Buddhism in North America”.

    There is a lot more documented information on ancient North America. However, the original
    language will have to be translated for you to be able to read it because this information will be
    coming in from Asia where it originated a long ago

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