The stars and other celestial objects in our skies have been used by humankind across the globe for countless millennia to measure time, identify key seasonal indicators, used in navigation, and incorporated into folklore and mythology.
Being one of the oldest sciences - astronomy is part of every culture's history and their roots.
Dark Skies - Indigenous interpretations
Atayohkewin ohci Wisakechak
Ohcīwin ohci awa Tipiskāw Pīsim
Tales of Wisakechak - Origins of the Moon
Folklore in Cree and English Opens pdf
(NWT Cree Language Program)
- whǫ̀ hodàèhkw’o
‘star that falls down’, falling star [Weledeh/Wıìlıìdeh Dogrib]
- bek’a yéhká xáı̨ɂą
(something about ‘heavy object came out’) α Boo (Arcturus) as the
‘morning star’ in fall and early winter ((possibly α Aql (Altair) as morning
star from late December to April)) [Tetsǫ́t’ıné Chipewyan]
This webpage is a work-in-progress and will be updated regularly.
Updated: 05 January 2023
Sky Wise: The Legendary Sky Project (South Slave)
TAWBAS and partners from across the South Slave region are investigating the prospects of undertaking a project that would build on the work and research done for The Legendary Sky Project. The project will focus on the traditional knowledge of communities in the South Slave area.
The Legendary Sky Project was initiated by Astronomy North as part of its education initiatives. It was dedicated to the collection and preservation of northern sky knowledge and heritage in the NWT. Launched in 2009 as part of the International Year of Astronomy celebrations in the NWT, The Legendary Sky Project aimed to explore the nature, culture and wonders of Canada’s northern sky and to integrate local knowledge of the sky into the curriculum at the community level.
Legendary Sky information: www.legendarysky.ca
Want to participate !
Thebacha & Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society
PO Box 1354
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0 Tel: 1-867-872-0243