AST310H1: Indigenous Worldviews & Astronomy



An in-depth exploration of astronomy, the Solar System, and the night sky through the lens of Indigenous knowledges, primarily that of Indigenous peoples from Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have lived on Turtle Island since time immemorial and have a sophisticated relationship with the night sky that is influenced by their worldviews and their relationships with the land. In this course, students will learn about Indigenous perspectives for understanding nature and astronomy and learn to understand astronomy through these perspectives. Students will also learn about the intersection of western astronomy and ongoing colonization to understand the responsibilities of western astronomers for respecting treaties and Indigenous rights as well as presenting an Indigenous lens regarding space exploration.

Any AST 100-level or AST 200-level course
Breadth Requirements
The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)