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Program Schedule

ASP2023: A Virtual Conference


Two solar eclipses, six months apart, will occur in North America next fall and spring. On October 14, 2023, a “ring of fire” annular eclipse will pass over Navajo Country and other regions of the Southwest and Mexico, and on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass through Mexico and the United States. A panel of Indigenous experts led by Diné (Navajo) astronomers Nancy Maryboy and David Begay will share Indigenous perspectives on eclipses from the Navajo, Cherokee, Maya, Native Hawaiian, and Hindu worldviews.

Featured Speakers:

Nancy Maryboy, Ph.D., Diné (Navajo) and Tsalagi (Cherokee)—President, Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), Affiliate Professor U. Washington, and Navajo Astronomer

David Begay, Ph.D., Diné (Navajo) and Pueblo—Vice President, Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), Associate Professor U. New Mexico, and Navajo Astronomer

with Panel Guests

o   María Avila Vera, Yucatec Maya—Elder and Advisor, Exploratorium and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

o   Ixquik Poz Salanic, Maya K'iche' and Willy Barreno, Maya K'iche'—Maya Calendar Keepers from Guatemala

o   Willy Barreno Maya K'iche' - Maya Calendar Keeper and co-founder of the Ki’kotemal Community in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

o   Aparna Venkatesan, Ph.D., Hindu—Professor of Physics, U. of San Francisco

o   Kaimana Barcarse, Kanaka Hawai’i—Navigator and Educator from the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Vice-Chair of the Hawaiʻi State Board of Education

Translation between Spanish and English by Isabel Hawkins, Ph.D., Astronomer and Senior Scientist, Exploratorium