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Native America Calling: Is there another way to look at time?
Monday, March 11, 2024

Is there another way to look at time?
For most states this time of year, shifting time is as easy as moving the hour hand forward an hour.

But Daylight Savings Time doesn’t change the staunch allegiance to the clock required during the typical day. It wasn’t always that way.

Tribes once had built-in schedules for harvests, ceremonies, family and feasts. Some of those traditions may have adapted to eight-hour work days, and five-day work weeks, but remnants of different cultural approaches to time remain.

Fajada Butte
Fajada Butte at Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico. Photo: Claire Ames

Guests on Native America Calling
Clark Tenakhongva (Hopi), musician and former Hopi vice chairman

Jon Ghahate (Laguna and Zuni Pueblo), educator at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Tom Belt (Cherokee Nation), retired Western Carolina University Cherokee Language Program coordinator

Roger Dube (Abenaki), professor emeritus at the College of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology and American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Board of Directors

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