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Great Confederation of Councils of Principal Mayan

Aj Q'jab Declares Manataka

A Sacred Site!


A new year begins with a magnificent declaration from the Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab and attested to by the government of Guatemala.


OmeAkaEhekatl Gaada Erick Gonzales is a beautiful Maya and Haida man with the NIME Mayan Spiritual Council who acted on Manataka's behalf when travelling to Guatemala in 2004 - 2005. 


Who are the Councils of Principal Mayan priests (Aj Q'ijab)?

For centuries the Maya people used many political and social vehicles to achieve peaceful cooperation among their various communities, political and spiritual leaders.  Today, the primary body of spiritual elders among the Mayan people located in several countries is called the Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Representatives from many local councils comprise this prestigious body.


Why are Maya spiritual elders so concerned about a far-away sacred site in the United States?


Grand Pyramid of Tula


Long before the Maya people became an economic and spiritual force in Central America, they learned astronomy, biology, architecture, spirituality, mathematics, warfare, agriculture and a host of other technologies from an advanced society known as the Tula (5000 BCE to 1150 AD). 


According to Richard L. Thornton, a professional architect and city planner, who is also a renowned American Indian amateur historian and spent a considerable amount of time in Mexico studying ancient cultures says, "The Maya civilization evolved from the Olmec.  The word, Tula is the Totonac, Itza Maya word for "town."  Tula became tollan in the Nahua language, spoken by the Aztecs. and still meant a large town or city.  The word Tula was first the name of "Teotihuacan" in the northern edge of the Valley of Mexico, used by the Totonac People.  The Aztecs called the ruins of the first Tula,  Tollan Teotihuacan.   The Aztecs called the ruins of a much newer city in Hidalgo State, Mexico that was settled around 900 AD, Tollan Xicocotitlan.    Also, in the mid-20th century, Gringo archaeologists and travel agencies began calling the second Tollan,  Tula - not knowing that tollan and tula both meant "a large town."   

"The aboriginal people of Hidalgo Wtate are the Otomi.  They still live there.  However, from around 200 BC to 900 AD the Otomi were under the domination of the Totonacs.  Between around 900 AD and 1150 AD they were under the domination of a tall people from Jalisco State that the Aztecs later called Toltecs,  but that is just a generic word in Aztec for "artisans."  Mexican anthropologists are still not sure who the Toltecs were,  what they called themselves or where they went, but they seem to have been relatives of the Muskogeans of the Southeastern United States."


The Tula were a pre-Toltec society (935 CE to 1168 CE) and became a major center of influence in Toltec society.  Much of the knowledge of the Tula was passed down to the mighty Aztec empire (1325 A.D. to 1521 A.D.)


Sometime between 1200 BC and 500 BC, the Tula were forced by wars to seek far away lands suitable for expanding and rebuilding their nation.  The Tula sent emissaries across South, Central and North America seeking out new lands and trading partners.  The Tula established dozens of outposts in a string stretching all the way from central Mexico up through what is today south western to south central United States. 


While the main Tula areas in Central America were absorbed by the Toltec, Maya and Aztec societies, a few of their settlements thousands of miles away continued to thrive for several centuries.  The Tula immigrated to central Arkansas sometime between (1100 BCE and 1100 AD) became the Keepers of Manataka.  Hernando DeSoto knew them as the "People of the Great Water".   


(A Mississippi valley house and a Temple Pyramid in background from the American Museum of Natural History.)

The Tula built a small but thriving community near the confluence of five rivers near Caddo Gap and maintained trading camps along the Caddo and Ouachita Rivers.  The people were highly organized and observed ancient religious and social customs of the south.  With the advanced knowledge the Tula immigrants soon recognized the unique geological and spiritual power of the hot water springs and other major geological features of the land.  They established peace throughout the area with the cooperation of their neighbors.  They named the sacred site Man-a-taka (The Unbroken Circle). 


Over centuries, they protected the valleys and mountains and repelled warlike groups like the Osage and Spanish.   Word of the fabulous find by the Tula settlers filtered back south over hundreds of years to become legendary stories of miracles, hope, beauty and peace among the ancient people of Mexico.  The Maya are proud of their Tula ancestors who discovered Manataka and kept it holy for hundreds of years. 


We honor the people of the South who brought us ceremonies and great knowledge. 

We honor the Tula, Maya, Olmec, Toltec and Aztec ways. 

We honor all indigenous Hispanic people.   


Manataka (Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas) belongs to them!


And, that is the reason why spiritual leaders in Guatemala uphold the strong belief of their ancestors that Manataka IS a sacred site.




Read the Manataka declaration from the Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab


Read What American Indian Spiritual Elders say about Manataka

August 2015            - Chief Arvol Looking Horse

September 2015    - Peter V. Catches Lakota Spiritual Elder

October 2015         - Xielolixii, Council Chief Salinan-Chumas Nation

November 2015    -  Rev. Dononlus A. Otto, Saginaw Chippewa

December 2015    - Boe Glasschild (Bushpo Awa - Many Knives)

January 2015        - Great Confederation of Councils of  Principal Mayan Aj Q'ijab


What new documents will you see here in February?