Rob Cockcroft, lecture about Indigenous Astronomy, 2018-04-19

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Rob Cockcroft, lecture about Indigenous Astronomy, 2018-04-19

Post by Peter Jedicke » April 13th, 2018, 3:38 am

There will be a lecture on Thursday, 2018-04-19 at 13:30 in the Physics & Astronomy Seminar Room 100
by

Dr. Robert Cockcroft
of the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Western University
on the topic

“Indigenous Skies: Increasing Diversity in and Attractiveness of Astronomical Knowledge”

The Department of Physics and Astronomy aims to foster long-lasting relations with the Indigenous community—through individual members of local Six Nations communities, and Western’s Indigenous Services and First Nations Studies Program. It is the long-term goal of the Department to increase both the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing into undergraduate and graduate courses, and the representation of Indigenous peoples at all levels—student, faculty, and staff—in astronomy and science in general. This inclusion and increased representation will not only benefit Indigenous communities by making astronomy more accessible, but it will also benefit all students by increasing the diversity of the academic community and its curricula.

As a first step towards these larger goals, a nascent project in Indigenous astronomy that is being developed to create a dedicated first-year undergraduate course will be described. This project will draw on local sky lore as much as possible, and an example of the Celestial Bear story from the Cayuga Nation and how it encodes information specific to this region and the time of year it is told will be described. However, it is important to address how such encoding differs for different perspectives—both in time and location—so needing to include other Indigenous sky lore from across Turtle Island is also anticipated.

Rob Cockcroft is a settler originally from the UK. Rob lives and works as a grateful visitor on traditional territories of the Attawandaran, Algonquin, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Leni-Lunaape Peoples.
Peter Jedicke, FRASC
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