Indigenous North American leaders at the forefront of Indigenous STEM and Indigenous Astronomy revitalization movements will share their work and perspectives. Native Skywatchers Educator and Community Summer Workshop: Indigenous STEM and Wellness, Our Indigenous North American Voices will take place 9am – 1:30pm CDT on Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15.
Designed by Annette S. Lee, the Native Skywatchers initiative seeks to remember and revitalize indigenous star and earth knowledge. The overarching goal of Native Skywatchers is to communicate the knowledge that indigenous people traditionally practiced a sustainable way of living and sustainable engineering through a living and participatory relationship with the above and below, sky and earth.
Native Skywatchers aims to improve current inequities in education for native young people, to inspire increased cultural pride, and promote community wellness. The group hopes to inspire all people to have a rekindling or deepening sense of awe and personal relationship to the cosmos.
The event is presented by Annette S. Lee and Jeffrey Tibbetts in collaboration with Indigenous Elders including Carl Gawboy, William Wilson, Wilfred Buck, Nancy Maryboy, David Begay, Will Morin, Janice Bad Moccasin, Ida Downwind, Paul Horne and Arvol Looking Horse.
Indigenous Knowledge Holders/Guest Speakers include: Ramona Kitto Stately, Carola Knockwood, Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, Tom Tomas, Andrea Medina, Chris Canon, Mandy Bayha, Michael Price, Melissa Nelson, and more!
The event is supported by Native Skywatchers, Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) and Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College (FDLTCC) and funded by Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College – Title III.