Science and the Sacred: Wonders in the Sky above and on the Earth below
June 02, 2022
Wilfred Buck, Science Facilitator, Educator, Cree Elder and Ceremonial Leader; Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, retired. Wilfred Buck has been asked by Western educational and scientific institutions to bring his Indigenous star knowledge into its work on astronomy. As commercial entities become increasingly active in space exploration, issues relating to the colonization of space are becoming part of the conversation, underscoring the need for other voices – such as Buck’s – to counterbalance these perspectives.
Wilfred Buck will be joined in conversation with:
Robert van der Hilst, Schlumberger Professor of Earth
and Planetary Sciences, MIT, Dept. Head.
Andre Uhl, Visiting Fellow, Harvard University.
David Thom, Roundtable Founder, Chaplain, MIT.
“Every culture in the Northern Hemisphere saw the same sky at night, and they all had their own constellations, mythologies, and teachings,” says Buck, having recently co-curated an exhibit at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. Buck adds, “Star stories are part of our belief system. Knowledge of the stars is found in many aspects of our culture including storytelling, symbolism and religious traditions.”