Native american myths about constellations

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please dont ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

Dr. Seusss small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos in Whoville. The noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of the happy little citizens below annoy him to no end. The Grinch decides this frivolous merriment must stop. His wonderful, awful idea is to don a Santa outfit, strap heavy antlers on his poor, quivering dog Max, construct a makeshift sleigh, head down to Whoville, and strip the chafingly cheerful Whos of their Yuletide glee once and for all.

Looking quite out of place and very disturbing in his makeshift Santa get-up, the Grinch slithers down chimneys with empty bags and stealing the Whos presents, their food, even the logs from their humble Who-fires. He takes the ramshackle sleigh to Mt. Crumpit to dump it and waits to hear the sobs of the Whos when they wake up and discover the trappings of Christmas have disappeared. Imagine the Whos dismay when they discover the evil-doings of Grinch in his anti-Santa guise. But what is that sound? Its not sobbing, but singing! Children simultaneously adore and fear this triumphant, twisted Seussian testimonial to the undaunted cheerfulness of the Whos, the transcendent nature of joy, and of course, the growth potential of a heart thats two sizes too small.

This holiday classic is perfect for reading aloud to your favorite little Whos.
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Native American Legends - Stories of the Night Sky (part 1)

Meet the Constellations: Orion

There's more than one way to see the constellations. Here's a look through Native American eyes. The grand figure of Orion the Hunter brightens November skies, rising around 9 p. Johannes Hevelius, Orion the Hunter is arguably one of the most recognizable constellations in the sky. But there's another Orion.

Many of the most familiar constellations were handed down from the ancient Babylonians, who lived in what is now Iraq, the Greeks and Romans. No doubt some of these star groups go back even further. More recently, all this wisdom has been converted into strings of ones and zeros and packaged for mobile phones and iPads. Other civilizations and human tribes recognized their own sets of constellations. Some are similar to ours, others completely different.

By Grady Winston. Before the age of global positioning systems or compasses, people looked to the stars to find their way. And before civilizations knew what stars were, people formed their own beliefs about their significance. In North America, indigenous tribes had differing ideas about what the stars meant, some believing that the night sky had spiritual meaning, and some attributing human-like qualities to the twinkling objects. Archaeoastronomy is the study of how people of the past understood the stars and the sky, however this broadly applies to all ancient cultures. The Mayans, Celts, and Egyptians alike all had their own methods for tracking the movement of the stars and heavenly bodies, but all of these cultures have the common belief that the phenomenon above their heads was somehow larger and greater than they were. As such, the vast majority of ancient cultures associated the origins of everything, including the sky, moon, sun and earth with some form of mythology related to the stars.

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On clear winter nights, I often look up in the night sky and spot one of the most beloved and recognizable constellations, Orion. It was always one of my favorites as a child, and easily one of the most interesting to explore as an adult in the astronomy world. This will be the first in a series of posts that will introduce you and your kids to the most famous constellations. It will teach you how to spot them in the night sky, some interesting facts about and pictures of the constellation, as well as some of the folklore behind the constellation. Orion is most commonly referred to as "The Hunter" due to its corresponding Greek mythological tale. Stories of this constellation can be found in the legend or mythology of many cultures, Greek, Hungarian, Indian, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, Scandinavian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Chinese, just to name a few.

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  1. Native American Mythology D-5 . Cylinder Guides. Native American Constellation. Stories. Objective. To examine the origins and cultural importance of Native.

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