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Friday, February 21 • 8:30am - 9:45am
Astronomy through an Indigenous Lens

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Astronomy is the world’s oldest science and it is fundamental to the traditional conscious of the Indigenous
peoples of Canada. The material evidence of medicine wheels and other manipulated landforms provide
an insight into traditional ways of understanding indigenous views of the universe. The patterns of motion
of celestial objects were used as a calendar, clock and for wayfinding. Engaging students in these complex
concepts of sky science is challenging. Employing Indigenous traditional cosmology along with
contemporary discovery helps students to comprehend practical applications of sky science. Jennifer
Howse is an education specialist who has offered astronomy programming at the Rothney Astrophysical
Observatory for the past thirteen years. She will share her insights and resources related to Astronomy
education through an Indigenous lens.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Macleod Hall E2 Calgary Telus Convention Centre