The Native American Night Sky: 7 Starry Places to See

Standing under the night skies of North America pointing at stars with Arabic names and constellations that fit Greek mythology – many derived from Babylonian and Egyptian knowledge of the stars – it seems rather strange. After all, the indigenous people of North America have been stargazing for many thousands of years.

Full moon names like the “Hunter’s Moon” and “Wolf’s Moon” might be familiar to many as ways for various tribes to keep track of the seasons for farming, hunting and gathering, but since there are hundreds of different tribes indigenous to North America, both contemporary and historical, creating a list of official names for anything is perhaps little more than picking cherries.

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