Einstein Visits the Hopi Tribe at Grand Canyon, Arizona, in 1922. The feathered bonnet Einstein wears is not characteristic Hopi style (it seems to me) but is simply being exploited as a stereotypical and sensational theatrical prop
There used to be a fable, commonly imposed as fact on school children in the United States, that in Columbus’s time nearly everyone believed the Earth was flat. Fortunately, this untruth has been quietly abandoned, although some still repeat the mistake by crediting instead the Greeks. History professor Jeffrey Burton Russell notes, for example, that with few exceptions, “No educated person in the history of Western civilization from the third century BC onward believed that the Earth was flat,” a position that improves upon the former and is no doubt true, yet it still betrays a Western bias. It fails to acknowledge that aboriginal and ancient people, spanning far back into the last Ice Age, knew the Earth was spherical. They knew that the nature of creation itself was cyclical (or vorticular). They acknowledged, revered, and cultivated knowledge of universal law, and evidence of their seemingly impossible technical manifestations — the Great Pyramid being among the most widely recognized with many others gaining recognition — lies in ruins around the Earth — the implications largely ignored by experts who can’t adequately explain them within academically accepted contemporary models.