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The Lunar Legacy of the Ancestral Puebloan People
June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFREE
The full moon following the December solstice initiates the largest reproductive event on the planet as the Great Barrier Reef northeast of Australia turns white when coral life release their gametes into the ocean and propagates the next generation. It is anticipated that numerous other species regulate their reproductive cycles via the phase pattern of the moon, including human females. The moon has intrigued and confounded different cultures and their astronomers for ages, and numerous cultures have built their calendar based upon the lunar cycle. Thus our system of months is derived from a “moonth.”
On June 12, cultural astronomer Bryan Bates will share his research about how the Puebloan people of the Four Corners region documented the lunar cycles and incorporated that knowledge into their “ways of knowing.” Following a historical timeline, Bryan will explore lunar cultural astronomy beginning in Chaco Canyon, then to Chimney Rock followed by Mesa Verde. The interpretation will be largely based on Hopi traditional knowledge as reflected through archaeological and anthropological research.
The Flagstaff Festival of Science proudly presents:
The Lunar Legacy Lecture Series!
This FREE 18-month speaker series celebrates the Apollo Moon Missions and Flagstaff’s Critical role in these historic lunar landings. Join us at 6 p.m., the second Wednesday of every month at the Coconino Community College Lone Tree Campus. Parking is FREE for this series.