Tuesday (Nov. 30) 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what someone standing in the same spot in the past saw and thought when they looked up?

500 years ago contact between Europeans and Indigenous Americans of the time changed the world, resulting in the collapse of Aztec and Inca empires and triggering a hemispheric pandemic that may have caused the Little Ice Age which ensued. Prior to this contact, indigenous American conceptions of the sky had no input from the astronomical ideas circulating in the rest of the world.

On Tuesday, November 30, in a series of short, five-to-fifteen-minute presentations by UW-Parkside students currently enrolled in the Astronomy of Native America course, we will explore the range of astronomical understanding and beliefs among indigenous groups of the Americas from the Anishinaabe of the Great Lakes region to the Tawantinsuyu, or Realm of Four Parts, of the Andes Mountains.

Presentations begin at 7:30 pm and proceed until completion, estimated around 9:00 pm. Questions are welcome at the end of each presentation.

After the presentation, we will be heading outside to The Schoolyard Observatory for a brief tour and night-time sky viewing. (Weather permitting)

Safety Precautions: This event, held inside the Hawthorn Hollow Pike House, will follow CDC guidelines for indoor activities, and we request all visitors wear masks to maximize protection from and minimize transmission of airborne illness. Due to increased ventilation, the air temperature may be lower than room temperature inside the Nature Center, and we invite you to layer for your comfort.

Have questions? Please contact us at Observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

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