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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Ethnoastronomy: Exploring Native Astronomy on the Great Plains
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 6:30 PM -7:00 PM
  Author: Mark Hollabaugh, Normandale Community College
651-261-4125, mark.hollabaugh@normandale.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Ethnoastronomy is the study of an indigenous people's astronomy. Through legends, winter counts, and second-hand reports, we know a great deal about astronomy on the Great Plains in the 19th century. This talk will explore how ethnoastronomers use many well-known tools of astronomy to understand phenomena, events, and beliefs of a native people. Focusing primarily on the Lakota people of the western Dakotas, examples will include eclipses, meteor showers, and the aurora borealis.
  Footnotes: None
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