Indigenous astronomy at the library


7 to 8:30 at Niagara Falls Library The careful observation of the Stars, the Moon, the Sun, and other celestial bodies by Indigenous Peoples stand as a rich and foundational source for the origins of modern astronomy and science. Join us for an exciting presentation by Samantha Doxtator, Oneida Wolf Clan. Learn about Haudenosaunee perspectives on astronomical connections to creation stories, innovation, perseverance, and life cycles on Earth.

The Niagara Falls Public Library is thrilled to be hosting Samantha Doxtator for this presentation. Doxtator is a Seneca and has wisdom derived from personal experience including the loss of a sister.

This from CBC:

“Samantha Doxtator says Haudenosaunee people have always been astronomers and scientists; now she thinks it's time other people learn what her people know.

“Doxtator says Haudenosaunee people have always looked to the sky to inform their ways of being. From their creation story to their planting cycles, to determining when certain Longhouse ceremonies occur, Haudenosaunee people still use constellations and moon cycles in their daily lives.

“For example, Doxtator said corn, beans and squash — called life sustainers in the Kanien'kéha language — are planted after the first quarter moon phase for optimal soil moisture and the strength of the moonlight.

"My intention with this presentation is to really heal Indigenous oppression with astronomical knowledge and original ways of knowing," Doxtator said.

"We have to remember who we are and how we already have all these connections."

“The presentation builds on the work of her sister, Sasha, who died of cancer in 2021. Sasha collected teachings across Haudenosaunee territories for her university research.

"She always wanted us to do this work together," said Doxtator.

Please join us in our auditorium at the Main Street library at 7PM!

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