Sharing the Skies Through Navajo Eyes-Dr. Nancy Maryboy of the Indigenous Peoples Institute; Mon. Nov. 21st, 7PM, LCCA


Coyote Tossing the Stars

The Lopez Island Library and the San Juan Islands National Monument are proud to present a beautiful and unique evening celebrating the night sky with Dr. Nancy Maryboy of the Indigenous Peoples Institute. The event is held in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month. Indigenous astronomy is significantly different from western astronomy. In her presentation Dr. Maryboy will discuss the foundations of Navajo astronomy and explore the patterns and cycles of Navajo constellations, sun and moon with images from the Hubble Telescope as backdrop.  Based on 25 years of living on the Navajo Nation and years of direct sky observations, dialogues with medicine people and other family members, as well as working with planetariums and astronomers, Dr. Maryboy has developed a program for all audiences. She is Navajo and Cherokee and has a PhD in Indigenous Science with a focus on native astronomy. She works with NASA and the National Science Foundation, is President of the Indigenous Education Institute and is pleased to share her work with Lopez Island during November, Native American Heritage month. Photographer Chris Teren will also share his breathtaking images of the Northern Lights.  Following the program, weather permitting, the event will feature star gazing with Dr. Maryboy on the lawn of LCCA.  We encourage you to bring your own telescope or share with others.  Hot drinks will be provided. Sharing the Skies Through Navajo Eyes is funded by NASA and UC Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory, Multiverse, the Indigenous Education Institute, the Lopez Island Library and the San Juan Islands National Monument. For more information contact Jen Krajack at Lopez Island Library 468-2265.