The Homestead National Monument of America hosted the second in its series of Campfire Programs Saturday evening. Ryan Paul, of Daykin, shared stories of Native American star lore.
I couldn’t see very well as a child," Paul said. "I got my first glasses in the fourth grade and immediately became interested in astronomy. In 1987, we had a mobile astronomy unit visit the school and by 1991, as a senior in high school, I had written my own program and started teaching younger students about the stars.
“A lot of cultures have the same names for some of the constellations, however, different stories,” Paul said.
Paul told Native American stories of how the stars came to be, the great bear (the big dipper), the north star and others.
“I’m not sure which tribe these stories originated in, but the culture used animals in their tales to explain the stars and seasons.”
Paul talked about the lunar eclipse that will be happening around July 27, as well as the total eclipses.
“I’m planning to go to Texas in 2024 to view the next eclipse. It was just so neat.”
The Campfire Programs are held each Saturday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 11 at the Homestead National Monument Education Center.