Tapestry

Stories and the stars: Part two

With a double-major from Harvard in astrophysics and folklore, Moiya McTier bills herself as the 'folklorist to the stars' and the 'astrophysicist for the folks'. Later, Chief Fred Sangris, an elder of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, reflects on traditional Dene wayfinding – navigating by way of the stars.
(CBC/Ben Shannon)

Moiya McTier graduated from Harvard University by boldly going where no student has ever gone before: majoring in both astrophysics and folklore. McTier is a science communicator and author, whose latest book, The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy, is due out in August.

Chief Fred Sangris is an elder of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories. Together with Chris Cannon of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he is publishing a paper on traditional Dene wayfinding – navigating by way of the stars.

 

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