How Indigenous Knowledge Connects to Science

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Welcome back to Sovereign Innovations with your host, Cheyenne Bearfoot!

In this episode, we dive deep into the fascinating world of Indigenous knowledge and storytelling. Have you ever wondered why January 1st marks the New Year? What if I told you that Indigenous peoples had their own unique calendars?

Join us as we explore how the Navajo, Mayan, and Laguna Pueblo calendars are intricately tied to the cycles of nature and community needs. Discover the ancient art of petroglyphs and how these ‘stone stories’ serve as scientific markers and cultural narratives passed down through generations.
Meet Kurly Tlapoyawa, a scholar and archaeologist, sharing his insights on the profound connection between petroglyphs, pictographs, and Indigenous storytelling. He’ll explain how these symbols go beyond mere art, offering precise mappings and astronomical observations.

From the Petroglyph National Monument to the White Shaman Cave in Texas, we reveal how Native ancestors captured and conveyed their vast knowledge of the earth and sky. Let’s celebrate the wisdom and innovation of Indigenous peoples and see how their stories continue to shape our understanding of the world.

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