From Star Wars to stargazing

From the big screen to the big sky, it's a star-studded show this week on Unreserved.
The New Ambassadors, 20" x 24", acrylic on canvas, 2015. (Ryan Singer)

From the big screen to the big sky, it's a star-studded show this week on Unreserved.

Astronomer Wilfred Buck takes us sky watching to see Cree constellations. For the past eight years he has been teaching kids about the universe. But Buck doesn't teach them about Orion or the North Star.  Instead, he tells them about Wesakaychak and Keewatin — Cree constellations.

Plus a Navajo artist brings Star Wars to his U.S. reservation through his paintings. Meet Ryan Singer, Jedi artist, who creates vibrant paintings that blend the landscapes and characters of Tuba City, Arizona, where he grew up and Luke Sykwalker's home planet of Tatooine.
Vancouver-based actress Gracey Dove portrays Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in The Revenant. (Leonardo DiCaprio/Instagram/20th Century Fox)

And with three Golden Globes already on the shelf and 12 Oscar nominations, The Revenant is leading the pack this awards season. The revenge and redemption story starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been celebrated for its accurate portrayal of the Arikara Nation. 

Hear indigenous cast members Duane Howard, Grace DoveThomas Buffalo, and Derwin Swampy discuss how this movie will help their stars rise in Hollywood. 

You may have heard of the controversy in Whitesboro, New York over their town emblem. It's an image of a white man "wrestling" a First Nations man and the white man is portrayed as having the upper hand. Writer and editor Paul Seesequasis weighs in on how imagery drives racism and serves to dehumanize indigenous people.

This week's playlist

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Starwalker
Tanya Tagaq - Aorta
Digging Roots - All Night
JC Campbell - War