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Native America Calling: Tribal traditions and the eclipse
Friday, October 13, 2023

Tribal traditions and the eclipse
Most residents of North America will be able to witness at least a partial solar eclipse this weekend.

The rare celestial event evokes a variety of reactions depending on tribal beliefs. Many Cherokees go outside and make noise to scare away the giant frog trying to eat the sun. The eclipse is an auspicious time of ceremony for Hopis.

The Navajo Nation plans to close some tribal operations during the eclipse. [Monument Valley Park closed out of respect for solar eclipse (The Navajo Times October 12, 2023)]

Native America Calling shines a light on some of the tribal traditions for the upcoming eclipse.

Partial Solar Eclipse
A partial solar eclipse is seen in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2022. Photo: Tony Armstrong-Sly

Guests on Native America Calling
Barry Wesley (Stoney Îyârhe), traditional knowledge holder and consultation officer for Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Alberta, Canada

Kari Holloway (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), library aide at the Snowbird Community Library on Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians homelands in North Carolina

Jeneda Benally (Diné), one half of the Shihasin music group, executive producer of “Indigenous Youth Nation

Jones Benally (Diné), Jeneda’s father and a medicine man

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