A long time before Kasskara and Atlantis were "absorbed into the earth" as White Bear described it, the Kachinas noticed that to the east, a continent was emerging out of the water. "It was the same country as that we had lived on in our Second World, Topka, but its appearance was different, so now we called it the Fourth World," White Bear said. He explained how global cataclysms can occur periodically, inducing massive geological changes:
The Kachinas observed this new land, and when it was fully above the water, they began preparing for a great migration to the emerging continent that would become their motherland, White Bear explained. "The Hopi call it the Fourth World: Toowakachi. He also noted the word Sistaloakha, which designates everything that is created quickly and in perfect form. The Creator had decided to save them, he said, and directed the Kachinas to help the people reach this new continent.
These emigrants arrived from the Third World to the Fourth in three types of vehicles, White Bear said. The initial group arrived in "flying shields" (spaceships). These were assigned to important, high-ranking people who had priority because they were tasked with establishing the new colony. As these people arrived first, they were highly esteemed. The Kachinas, being space travelers, knew where the new land was, and they brought these leaders first. "The Kachinas could do that because they had flying shields," White Bear said. "Our people did not have them, and we could not build them, but you recall that people of Atlantis also had flying shields. They had not received them from the Kachinas, who had left them behind. The Atlanteans built them with their malevolent power as I have already told you," White Bear said, describing the process we today call "reverse engineering".
The first clans arrived here a long time before Kasskara completely sank. Among the more important of the groups that arrived by the flying shields included the Clan of Fire, the Clan of the Snake, the Clan of the Spider, the Clan of the Bow, the Clan of the Lizard, the Clan of the Eagle and the Clan of Water. "The complete listing shows the Clan of the Bow towards the end because this clan acted badly in the Third World. But some people of the Clan of the Bow were still important," White Bear said. "Even if many had taken part in the destruction of the Third World, all had not left the path of the Creator. This is why they were saved."
The second group of people was transported on "big birds" (aeroplanes). The Hopis' March festival, Powamu, recalls these events. White Bear took part in this ceremony at Oraibi when he was a young man, which allowed him entrance to the Powamu society. "Before the ceremony, the chief of our tribe sang a song that evoked the Third World that we had left and spoke about the malicious queen who had conquered the greatest part of the world and whose influence was so harmful," he said.
Many people were fearful during this time because the old continent, Kasskara, was sinking fast--one city after another was being destroyed. The water kept rising and covered most of the continent. Yet our people knew that they were to be saved.
The third group consisted of those who were still at the beginning of their search for spiritual power. "My clan, the Clan of the Coyotes (on maternal side), was part of it. I know it from my mother who belonged to this clan, like her parents," he said. "They had a precise knowledge of these events because they kept them in their memories in order to transmit this knowledge like a heritage to the Fourth World."
White Bear said these people came by boats and had to struggle for a long time. While many people could come by air, others had to fight to arrive on this continent. "We do not forget these events because everything that is difficult to obtain is more appreciated and one will always remember it," he noted. "The people who arrived by boats belonged to the lower clans with little power, and for this reason they had been subjected to the influence of the Clan of the Bow with its destructive plans and motivations. Although the people in the third group took part in the destruction, they did not intend to do so, so they were offered a chance to escape," he said. Throughout this group's migration in the boats, they accepted the protection of the Kachinas. Each clan had a Kachina assigned to guide its members safely to the new continent. "The Kachinas could make themselves understood, but humans did not have the privilege to speak with them. The Kachinas advised and directed them towards islands where they could rest," White Bear said.
The Clan of the Flute celebrates a ceremony that refers to this boat journey, and in this way the Hopi remember each detail and stage of that epic ocean passage, an event which is recalled to them by a row of seven statues (moai) on Easter Island (Rapa Nui). "These statues represent the seven worlds which we must cross," White Bear said. "Easter Island is the only island on our way which did not sink completely in the ocean after our passage."
On the subject of the "seven worlds" that White Bear mentions, a little context might help illuminate. The Hopi actually speak of "Nine Worlds" or "universal kingdoms", which were manifested according to the Creator Taiowa's plan. One kingdom was reserved for Taiowa, and one for his "nephew" Sotuknang. The other seven "worlds we must cross" are related to vibratory centers (chakras) in the human being, corresponding on a physical level to the glands.
By these means people were shepherded to the South American continent in order to be established there. White Bear described it:
"At that time the highest part was already above water. But you should know that not all who survived Kasskara could come here. We, the Clan of the Coyotes (on his mother's side), were the last to arrive. Those who left after us were taken along by currents towards other lands because they had not been selected to come here. Some arrived in Hawaii, a part of the Third World that had not been destroyed. Others arrived on southern Pacific Islands and others on an island which is part of Japan today, as I learned a few years ago," White Bear said. "A young man from this island visited me. He had read the Book of Hopi. He came to tell me that his grandmother told him exactly the same stories concerning the old world. There are, therefore, a certain number of people who could not come here although they have the same origin and come from the same continent: Kasskara. This is why on Hawaiian Islands the initiated people are called Kahuna, which was the same word as Kachina.