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Same Sky: Different Cultures Same Cosmos

Grades K-8 | Embark on a journey through the cosmos as you explore the sky-watching traditions of the Diné, Hodinöšyö:nih (Haudenosaunee), and Maya peoples. Discover how indigenous peoples from all over Turtle Island have used the night sky and stars.

  • Museum & Science Center, Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • Guided Exhibit Workshops
  • Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
  • Earth Science, Space Science
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Guided Exhibit Workshop

Embark on a journey through the cosmos as you explore the sky-watching traditions of the Diné, Hodinöšyö:nih (Haudenosaunee), and Maya peoples. Discover how indigenous peoples from all over Turtle Island have used the night sky and stars to navigate, plan plantings, harvests, and ceremonies; predict eclipses, and pass on traditional knowledge for millennia. Using a combination of hands-on activities, storytelling, and interpretation of over 40 indigenous artworks spanning 4 centuries, students will experience a rich variety of Indigenous perspectives on astronomy and be able to practice “two-eyed seeing” as they integrate their existing knowledge of the stars with Indigenous teachings. 

The RMSC is grateful to Tonia Loran-Galban (Akwesasne Mohawk, Bear Clan), Jamie Jacobs (Tonawanda Seneca, Turtle Clan), Nicole Scott (Diné), Gina Kanbalam Miranda (Maya calendar keeper), and Mindy Magyar (Mi’kmaq descent) for sharing aspects of their lived experience and cultural heritage with the public in this exhibit experience. 

NYS Standards:

Social Studies Standards:

  • K.2c Children and families from different cultures all share some common characteristics, but also have specific differences that make them unique.
  • K.8b People use folktales, legends, oral histories, and music to teach values, ideas, traditions, and important events from the past.
  • 1.1b People and families of diverse racial, religious, national, and ethnic groups share their beliefs, customs, and traditions, which creates a multicultural community
  • 1.3c As global citizens, we are connected to people and cultures beyond our own community and nation, and we have a shared responsibility to protect and respect our world.
  • 2.2b A community is strengthened by the diversity of its members, with ideas, talents, perspectives, and cultures that can be shared across the community.
  • 3.4a People in world communities use legends, folktales, oral histories, biographies, and historical narratives to transmit cultural histories from one generation to the next.
  • 3.4b Arts, music, dance, and literature develop through a community’s history.
  • 3.5a The structure and activities of families and schools share similarities and differences across world communities.
  • 3.5b Communities around the world can be diverse in terms of their members, languages spoken, customs and traditions, and religious beliefs and practices. People in world communities celebrate various holidays and festivals.
  • 4.2c Each Native American group developed a unique way of life with a shared set of customs, beliefs, and values.

Science Standards:

  • 1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
  • 1-ESS1-2.Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.

How To Book

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    When Is It?

    • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    • Start Date: 09/20/2023
    • End Date: 04/30/2024
    • Program Length: 50minutes
    • Earliest Start Time: 10am

    Who Should Attend?

    • Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
    • Minimum Attendance: 8
    • Maximum Attendance: 25

    How Much Does It Cost?

    • $10 per person; PLUS: $6 Additional per person charge; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free