REDTalk: Stars and Sky Stories: Indigenous Cosmology & Western Astronomy
Thursday, May 31, 6:30pm
Verity, 111 Queen Street East
Join us for a fascinating discussion that takes us from the origins of life on Earth to the edge of the universe. For tens of thousands of years Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island have mapped the night sky, star systems, and space-time geometry, establishing an expansive view of the world and a body of scientific knowledge that has often been ignored and erased.
In this REDTalk, we explore multiple knowledge systems of cosmology and the many points of intersection between Indigenous cosmology and Western astronomy.
REDTalks host and curator Sandra Laronde will be joined by cultural astronomers Wilfred Buck (Manitoba First Nations Science Education Resource Centre, Winnipeg) and Michael Wassegiizhig Price (Bemidji State University, Minnesota), astrophysicist Annette S. Lee (St. Cloud University, Minnesota), and astrobiologist Daniella M. Scalice (NASA, Maryland) as we investigate and discuss two bodies of knowledge systems that will be equally valued.
Join us for a meet and greet at 6:30pm in the Toronto Room at the Verity Club (111e Queen Street East) followed by the REDTalk at 7pm.
FUTURE FORWARD: Be part of our space odyssey as these themes will be further explored in Red Sky Performance’s world premiere of "Trace", a sumptuous new dance/live music production that explores Anishinaabe star and sky stories that map our origin and future evolution. ("Trace" will be performed from October 30 - November 11, 2018 at Canadian Stage).
We gratefully acknowledge the Department Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council for its generous support of the 2018-19 REDTalks Series.
Cover Image: Biboonkeonini-Wintermaker, Close up from “Ojibwe Giizhig Anung Masinaaigan”, A. Lee, W. Wilson, C. Gawboy, 2012.