Jun 012016
 

For the ancestors, Tihuluhiyi [June], the Green Corn Moon, signals the emergence of plants in the fields and the first sign of “corn in tassel”.  With the beginning of summer, it was a time to repair the Council House and build or repair new homes.  Note: The Green Corn Moon should not be confused with the Green Corn Ceremony that happens in August (Galoni: The Fruit Moon).

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Sep 032015
 

In previous articles [Medicine Wheels of the Plains Indians and Sacred Geology], I have talked about some of the more popular theories for the Medicine Wheel atop the Bighorn Mountain in northern Wyoming.  But there are many other explanations and the following is based on discussions with the local Rangers and other articles on the subject.

Aug 202015
 
Medicine Wheel

Medicine Wheel

I recently had the privilege of visiting the Medicine Wheel atop Bighorn Mountain in Wyoming.  It is the first time I have gotten to see the site although I have written several articles on it.  The unusual formation of white stones originally attracted my attention as a possible archaeoastronomical site when astronomer John Eddy studied the formation and came to the conclusion that the spokes of the wheel could have been used to determine the summer solstice and other major appearances of significant astronomical objects including the stars Aldebaran, Rigel, and Sirius.  It also impresses me as one of the very few permanent sites built by hunter-gatherer societies.

Apr 092015
 
Circular Structure, Ceibal, Guatemala

Circular Structure, Ceibal, Guatemala

There is excavation going on in Ceibal, Guatemala that is threatening the conventional wisdom concerning the ascent of man!  Jacob Bronowski, who wrote the book “The Ascent of Man” and hosted the television series by the same name, wrote, “Man is a singular creature.  He has a set of gifts which make him unique among the animals: so that, unlike them, his is not a figure in the landscape–he is a shaper of the landscape.”

Jacob Bronowski

Jacob Bronowski

Mar 202014
 

Crestone EquinoxTwice a year, a day comes along where the length of daylight equals the length of darkness.  Today we call that day the “equinox”.  We recognize the vernal equinox as the first day of spring and the autumnal equinox as the first day of fall.  These two days have always been important indicators for man since even ancient times.

Sangre de Cristo Calendar

Before Europeans came to America, Native Americans did not have bankers, insurance agents, or real estate agents so where did they get their calendars?  How did they know when spring or fall arrived?  They had someone more important to them than our bankers or agents are to us, they had astronomers.

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