Native Skywatchers Educators & Community Workshop

with Annette S. Lee, Carl Gawboy, William Wilson & Jeff Tibbetts

June 18 & 19, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Ziibiwing Center
6650 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant

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*Conferences fees will be waived for CHSBS faculty, staff & students.
Contact Angie Burdett at 989-774-3341 or burde1a@cmich.edu​ to register.


Program Description

These two days will be a combination of astronomy, cultural astronomy, educational-curriculum materials, language discussions, and activities around artwork related to the native star knowledge.  For example: Annette S. Lee will lead a workshop called “As it is above; it is Below – Ojibwe Star Map Paintings."  Here participants will discuss examples of artwork created by Annette and then be given the opportunity to create their own artwork to express and explore their own personal story related to the star knowledge.  Another hands-on workshop will be led by William Wilson called "As the Spirits See Us.”  This will be exploring William’s Ojibwe x-ray style paintings and then having participants create their own x-ray painting related to the Ojibwe star knowledge.  See Agenda for more information.  


Participants will learn about the Ojibwe Sky knowledge--night sky stories about the constellations--to view the night sky from a diverse perspective to help them learn about the Anishinabe (Ojibwe/Chippewa, Odawa, and Potawatomi) Culture.

Participants will learn key phrases in the Ojibwe language (Anishinabemowin) in regards to the Ojibwe Constellations: http://web.stcloudstate.edu/aslee/OJIBWEMAP/home.html.

Participants will learn about the Native Skywatchers artwork and the techniques to produce these art pieces.  They will create a piece of art to represent their interpretation of the night sky.

Participants will learn about the Ojibwe painting technique called spirit painting or x-ray painting. Participants will create an x-ray piece of art to demonstrate mastery of this new skill. 
Participants will interact with the authors of the Native Skywatchers curriculum to learn the stories of the Ojibwe Constellations.   They will learn techniques to integrate Anishinabe Sky Knowledge within their curriculum and classroom.

Participants will be able to read the Native Skywatchers' Star Map and demonstrate comprehension of curriculum materials through their projects and interactions. 


Two-day workshop, 8:30-5:15pm with breaks and lunch.