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Hopi artist shares winter lore connected to the stars in Jan. 11 livestream

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff and the nonprofit Grand Canyon Conservatory are hosting a rare look into the Indigenous lore of winter constellations in northern Arizona.  

These types of narratives are usually shared only among tribal members when the constellations are visible in winter. 

Hopi artist Gerald Dawavendewa will be sharing histories of Hopi clans, their migrations and how those journeys connect to visible stars via livestream at 8 p.m. Arizona time on Thursday, Jan. 11

"Some clans when they saw a shooting star, sort of like Halley’s Comet, that would be a sign for them to stop the migration and settle in a point, build a village and gather enough resources and then later begin their migration again or to pause in what they were doing," Dawavendewa said.

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Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.