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The touchstone of this evening’s presentation is a Lakotan winter count that records comets, the famous Leonid meteor shower in November of 1833, and individuals with celestial names. After a brief description of Lakotan winter counts, we will explore traditional narratives that are related to Gemini, the Big Dipper, the North Star, and to Mato Tipila, the landmark now known as Devils Tower in Wyoming. These stars will be visible in the sky that evening, and if the weather permits, after the presentation we can step outside and locate them in the sky above.
Craig Howe, founder and Director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS), earned a Ph.D. in architecture and anthropology from the University of Michigan. He served as Deputy Assistant Director for Cultural Resources at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Howe has authored articles and book chapters on numerous topics, including tribal histories, Native studies, museum exhibitions, and community collaborations. He has developed innovative tribal histories projects and creative museum exhibitions, lectures on American Indian topics across the U.S., and provides professional development and cultural awareness training to schools and organizations. Howe was raised and lives on his family’s cattle ranch in the Lacreek District of the Pine Ridge Reservation where he is designing and building Wingsprings, an architecturally unique retreat and conference center that is featured in New Architecture on Indigenous Lands. He is a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
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