Astronomy

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Aboriginal Astronomer Credited with Comet Find

Articles » General
Author/Creator
Cheryl Petten
Windspeaker, vol. 26, no. 8, November 2008, p. 19
Description

Brief profile of role model Rob Cardinal, a Blackfoot astronomer credited with discovering Comet Cardinal.

Entire issue on one pdf. To access article scroll to p.19.

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Aboriginal Oral Traditions of Australian Impact Craters

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Duane W. Hamacher
John Goldsmith
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 16, no. 3, [2013], pp. 295-311
Description
Examines how Aboriginal stories and artworks relate to scientific accounts of Australian meteorite craters.
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Astrodigenous

Web Sites » Organizations
Author/Creator
University of Toronto Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Description

Searchable website is an online portal giving educators access to Indigenous sky-knowledge resources. 

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Astronomical Content of North American Plains Indian Calendars

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Von Del Chamberlain
Archaeoastronomy, vol. 6, 1984, pp. S1-S54
Description
Looks at the winter count record, a chronological record of winters kept by the Sioux, Kiowa, Mandan, Hidatsa, Ponca and Blackfoot in the form of a pictograph which was kept by the historian of the tribe.
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Astronomy in the Native-Oriented Classroom

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Murray R. Smith
Journal of American Indian Education, vol. 23, no. 2, January 1984, pp. [16-23]
Description
Four activities, for grades 6 to 9, illustrate how curriculum activities can enhance astronomy concepts and native awareness.
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Atchakosuk: Ininewuk Stories of the Stars

Articles » General
Author/Creator
Wilfred Buck
First Nations Perspectives Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, 2009, pp. 71-83
Description

Discusses Ininewuk (Cree) perspectives of astronomy, including mythology, stories and unique interpretations.

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Bat Steals the Moon

Alternate Title
We Share the Same Moon
Documents & Presentations
Description

Retelling of traditional story.

Source: Man in the Moon: Sky Tales from Many Lands collected by Alta Jablow and Carl Withers.

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Battle of the Northern Lights

Alternate Title
We Share the Same Moon
Documents & Presentations
Description

Traditional Sami story.

Source: The Storytelling Star by James Riordan.

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Big Horn Medicine Wheel: Why Was It Built?

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Jonathan E. Reyman
John A. Eddy
Science, vol. 188, no. 4185, New Series, April 1975, pp. 278-279
Description
Argues that construction of medicine wheels illustrates knowledge of stars and astronomy that the Indigenous people possessed.
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A Blackfoot Sun and Moon Myth

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
George Bird Grinnell
Journal of American Folklore, vol. 6, no. 20, January-March 1893, pp. 44-47
Description
Describes creation stories told by Chief Men-es-to-kos, an Elder of the Kainai Nation.
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Book Reviews:

Book Reviews
Author/Creator
David J. Norton
Massimiliano Carocci
Scott R. Trevithick
Guy Lanoue
Allan J. Ryan
Claire R. Farrer
Laurie Milne
Canadian Journal of Native Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, 1999, pp. 193-211
Description
Book review of: The Iroquois in the War of 1812 by Carl Benn. The Lakota Ritual and the Sweat Lodge: History and Contemporary Practice by Raymond Bucko. The Legacy of Shingwaukonse: A Century of Native Leadership by Janet E. Chute. The Social Life of Stories: Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory by Julie Cruikshank. Looking North: Art from the University of Alaska Museum by Aldona Jonaitis (Editor).
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Calendars of the Indians North of Mexico

Alternate Title
University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology ; v.16, no.4
E-Books
Author/Creator
Leona Cope
Description
Part of: University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, vol. 16, (pp119-176).
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Can a Myth Be Astronomically Dated?

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
David Henige
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 23, no. 4, 1999, pp. 127-157
Description
Barbara A. Mann and Jerry L. Fields argue that a solar eclipse occurred when the Haudenosaunee Iroquois League was founded. Mann and Fields date this occurrence to August 31, 1142.
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A Collection of Curricula for the STARLAB Native American Mythology Cylinder. Including Stories of the Early Americans by Gary D. Kratzer; Background Information on the Navajo by Gloria D. Rall; More Native American Star Legends by Doris Forror

Alternate Title
Stories of the Early Americans: A Guide to the STARLAB Native American Cylinder
Background Information on the Navajo
More Native American Star Legends
Script for the SKYLAB Native American Mythology Cylinder
Documents & Presentations
Author/Creator
Gloria D. Rall
Science First/SKYLAB
Description

Although designed for use with the STARLAB cylinder, contains script which can be adapted for use without it.

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The Comanche Sun Dance

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Ralph Linton
American Anthropologist, vol. 37, no. 3, pt. 1, New Series, July-September 1935, pp. 420-428
Description
Discusses the history, rituals and ceremony of the Sun Dance of 1878, at that time thought to be the last ever performed.
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Cosmological Order As a Model For Navajo Philosophy

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Trudy Griffin-Pierce
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 12, no. 4, 1988, pp. 1-15
Description
Discusses the concept of order in Navajo Creation, identifies the sets of markers for the division of time and explores how these markers influence human thought and conduct.
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Coyote in Navajo Religion and Cosmology

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Guy H. Cooper
The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, vol. 7, no. 2, 1987, pp. 181-193
Description
In Navajo mythology, the coyote is an important figure representing a wide variety of beings while also demonstrating and reinforcing concepts of harmony and order.
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Coyote Places the Stars [by] Harriet Peck Taylor

Documents & Presentations
Author/Creator
Erie District
Description

Designed to accompany retelling of traditional Wasco story about how stars came to be arranged in the shapes of animals. Recommended for use with Grade 3 students.

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[Cree Star Stories]

Media » Film and Video
Author/Creator
Wilfred Buck
Description
Science facilitator from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (Manitoba) tells stories associated with stars, discusses how culture and spirituality are intertwined with Indigenous knowledge, his ideas about gathering together Elders from all nations to share their people's star stories, and his mission to distribute portable planetariums. Duration: 1:14:20.
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The Economy of the North

Alternate Title
Statistical Analyses (Statistics Norway) ; 84
E-Books
Author/Creator
Solveig Glomsrød
Gérad Durhaime
Andrée Caron
Lars Lindholt
Helen McDonald ... [et al.]
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Eskimo with Telescope

Images » Photographs
Author/Creator
R.J. Miller
Description
An Inuk man partially lying on ground and looking through a telescope.
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Forty-Third Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1925-1926

E-Books
Author/Creator
J. Walter Fewkes
Description
Report includes the following papers: Report of the Chief by J. Walter Fewkes The Osage Tribe: Two Versions of the Child-Naming Rite by Francis La Flesche Wawenock Myth Texts from Maine by Frank G. Speck Native Tribes and Dialects of Connecticut: A Mohegan-Pequot Diary by Frank G. Speck Picuris Children's Stories by John P. Harrington and Helen H. Roberts Iroquoian Cosmology - Second Part by J. N. B. Hewitt
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Grade 5: Teliaqewey, Kaqowey net Teliaqeweyminu? = Ah, the Truth. What Is Our Truth? = Wolamewakon. Keq Nit Kwolamewakonon?

Alternate Title
Treaty Education Resources
E-Books
Author/Creator
New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development [Office of First Nations Education]]
Description

Content focused on the Mi'kmaq, Wolastoqewiyik, and Passamaquoddy (Peskotomuhkati) peoples of New Brunswick.

Related materials: Interactive Activities; Activity Answer Sheet Lesson A: Worldview in Muin/Bear/Muwin and The Seven Hunters

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A Grammar of Time: Lakota Winter Counts, 1700–1900

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Barbara Risch
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 24, no. 2, 2000, pp. 23-48
Description
Attempts to describe structural patterns in Lakota calendar (lunar) system pictographic records and argues they are inherently more of a sacred text than actual historic texts.
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Hodinohsyo:nih Star Knowledge

Alternate Title
Haudenosaunee Star Knowledge
Documents & Presentations
Description

Traditional stories include: The Seven Brothers (Big Dipper); Nya-Gwa-Ih, The Celestial Bear; The Seven Star Dancers; The Seven Brothers of the Star Cluster (Pleiades), Ga-Do-Waas and His Star Belt (Milky Way); and The Man-Eating Wife, the Little Old Woman and the Morning Star.

Haudenosaunee refers to the six nations (Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk), Onayotekaono (Oneida), Onandaga, Guyohkohnyoh (Cayuga), Onondowahgah (Seneca), and Skaruhreh (Tuscarora)) which comprise the Iroquois Confederacy.

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How Coyote Created the Sun

Alternate Title
We Share the Same Moon
Documents & Presentations
Description

Retelling of a traditional story. Suggested age range 6-11 years.

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