Friday, April 09, 2021

milky way, north star

Pawnee Star Map

painted with minerals on tanned leather,                                                                                                  the many tiny stars in the middle represent the milky way,                                                                          

A sacred object of the Skidi Pawnee tribe who lived in what is now Nebraska,                                Buffalo hunters, village livers, cosmic believers.  

When it entered the Field Museum in Chicago it was already between 100 and 300 years old, the north star is the largest cross

This post is a repost, the original is from this blog,  April 18, 2013.  There are lots of places to find these kinds of images and what we have learned about such precious items on the internet.  See what I mean here 

I am still interested in these ancient ways of looking at the sky.  I look at the sky every day.  I photograph the sunrise almost every day.

Stand up and face the east.  Now praise the sky and praise each person under the sky.                              It's okay to be unsure, but praise, praise, praise.                    Miranda July


Mo Crow said...

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde said it first, Chrissie Hynde sang to those same stars in 'Message of Love' with the Pretenders and you stitch your love with praise

Claudine said...

Reading you reminds me of what is essential in life. Your works too. Thank you for connecting us to the wonder, and looking to the stars and sky is part of that.

Threadpainter said...

It's a fascinating piece, especially for its age.
I love all things that are hundreds of years old.
I have not seen this post before, so thank you for pulling it out of the archives for a fresh look.