James Price – Digital Photo: Solstice Moon – December 2018
SKY'S THE LIMIT'S CULTURAL ASTRONOMY SERIES WAS LAUNCHED WITH
Salt Songs and Sky Stories of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) People Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center
5:00 pm Saturday, January 19 at Sky's The Limit Observatory & Nature Center 9697 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA
This was the first in a series of Cultural Astronomy Programs to be held under the full desert moon
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center initiated a Cultural Astronomy Series with Salt Songs & Sky Stories of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) People, led by Matt Leivas, Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center on Saturday, January 19 .
“The Salt Songs are an ancient song complex unique to Southern Paiute people of California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The songs and ceremonies associated with them are highly significant cultural links, uniting contemporary people with their time of origin. They are at once healing and power songs of great importance today.” – Preface to Where Puha Sits; Salt Songs, Power, and the Oasis of Mara by Clifford E. Trafzer and Matthew (Matt) Hanks Leivas.
Matt Leivas is one of the leading Salt Song Singers among the Southern Paiute people. He has been a member of the Tribal Council for the Chemehuevi Tribe and is currently the Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center. Matt and his sisters will share Salt Songs to honor the landscape and sky of 29 Palms.
An anonymous gift makes possible these programs, exploring how diverse cultures experience the significance of the desert, earth, and sky. The gatherings will take place on Saturdays under the full desert moon.
A suggested donation of $10/car will go toward maintaining the series, recognizing the speakers, and supporting the worthy nonprofits they represent.
STL's Saturday night Star Parties when the moon is NOT full are still free and open to the public. ~
Lunar Eclipse Sunday, January 20 Partial eclipse begins at 7:34 pm Total eclipse begins at 8:41 Middle of totality is at 9:12 Total eclipse ends at 9:44 During the partial phase the Moon will only darken slightly. During totality the Moon will darken with a reddish color. It is red because the Earth’s atmosphere removes blue from sunlight and lets the reddish color pass through.
No formal program is planned around this celestial event, but the campus is open. Bring a comfortable chair and bundle up!
Observatory and Nature Center P. O. Box 1 Twentynine Palms, California 92277