Jan 012016

Teaching son 002Note to readers of Native American Antiquity:  This article marks a change.  This year, the journal will change from weekly to monthly and will  present facts on the art, archaeology, astronomy, history and culture in each article.  I hope you enjoy the new format, wado (thanks), Courtney Miller.

Culture LogoFor the ancient Cherokee, this time of the year was a time for personal reflection and purification through ritual and ceremony.  It was a time of preparation for spring, repairing old tools and making new ones.  It was a time when families moved into their “asi” or winter house and listened to stories told by the elders.  The asi’s were conical clay houses partially submerged where the families could sit and sleep around the center fire to stay warm.

Mar 122015

Scorpio and Milky WaySince the dawn of man, the sky was our big screen, HD, TV.  All of the ancient peoples around the world have observed the sun, the moon, and the stars move across the sky and noticed the subtle changes over time.  They noticed that the changes were in cycles that repeated faithfully over and over.   And over time they learned that these cycles could be used to predict and guide their future.

Oct 172013

Because the stars and constellations in the night sky revolve around the North Star, it has been considered the center of the cosmos for many ancient cultures.  And those constellations near the North Star often hold a special place in their cosmology.  For the Navajo, for instance, the two neighboring constellations and the North Star form a unit.

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