ERIC Number: EJ725461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-1
Reference Count: 4
Mask of Black God: The Pleiades in Navajo Cosmology
Schulz, Teresa M.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v35 n2 p30 Oct 2005
One Navajo legend attributes the creation of the primary stars and constellations to Black God. Today, a famous star cluster--the Pleiades--often appears on the traditional mask worn by chanters impersonating Black God during special ceremonies. In this case study, students learn about the Pleiades in Navajo cosmology while honing their observational and star map skills.
Descriptors: Ceremonies, Map Skills, Astronomy, Navajo (Nation), Literary Genres, College Science, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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