Lowell Observatory and Grand Canyon Conservancy are proud to announce the second installment of “Native Constellation Storytelling for Winter Skies.” This unique and culturally enriching livestream event will take place on January 11 in collaboration with Grand Canyon Conservancy, hosted by Lowell Observatory’s Public Information Officer and Historian, Kevin Schindler, in conversation with Gerald Dawavendewa, a Hopi artist and author.
Set a reminder to watch on Grand Canyon Conservancy’s YouTube channel!
Gerald’s artwork includes “Codex Taawa”, a series of illustrations inspired by ancient imagery that explores the cosmos of the Hopi people. Each piece highlights a part of the Hopi tradition, stories, or knowledge. For the Hopi, the night sky is an astronomical calendar with all of its elements used to set ceremonies, rituals, seasons, events, and measures of time. The Hopi people have observed and measured the movements in the sky to create a complex guide to assist them with existing in this world, known as Tuuwaqatsi ― the Fourth World. Through his artwork, Gerald hopes to share his culture, and educate the public about the rich heritage of his Native tribes, and promote a greater understanding of the Native world.