Thomas Banyacya

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Thomas Banyacya, Sr.
Born(1909-06-02)June 2, 1909
DiedFebruary 6, 1999(1999-02-06) (aged 89)
Keams Canyon, Arizona, U.S.
EducationBacone College
OccupationHopi traditional leader
SpouseFermina Jenkins

Thomas Banyacya, Sr. (June 2, 1909 – February 6, 1999) was a Hopi Native American traditional leader.[1]


Thomas Banyacya was born on June 2, 1909, and grew up in the village of Moenkopi, Arizona. He was a member of the Wolf, Fox, and Coyote clans.[citation needed] He first attended Sherman Indian School in Riverside, California and then Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma.[citation needed]

He lived in Kykotsmovi, Arizona on the Hopi Reservation. During World War II, Banyacya was a draft resister, who spent time in prison over seven years each time he refused to register for the draft.[2] In 1948, he was one of four Hopis (the other were David Monongye, Dan Evehema, and Dan Katchongva) who were named by elders to reveal Hopi traditional wisdom and teachings, including the Hopi prophecies for the future, to the general public, after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.[2]

Banyacya died on February 6, 1999, in Keams Canyon, Arizona.[2] He had been married to Fermina (née Jenkins).[3][4]

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  1. ^ Griffin-Pierce, Trudy (June 8, 2010). The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southwest. Columbia University Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-231-52010-2.
  2. ^ a b c Thomas, Robert McG., Jr. "Thomas Banyacya, 89, Teller Of Hopi Prophecy to World." New York Times. Feb 15, 1999 (retrieved Jan 28, 2011)
  3. ^ Oda, Mayumi (November 10, 2020). Sarasvati's Gift: The Autobiography of Mayumi Oda—Artist, Activist, and Modern Buddhist Revolutionary. Shambhala Publications. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-8348-4325-7.
  4. ^ "Rites Held For Samuel Jenkins". Arizona Daily Sun. February 7, 1968. p. 2. Retrieved February 28, 2022.

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