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Natural History Institute: Indigenous Skies – Exploring Prehistoric and Contemporary Indigenous Astronomy

June 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join paleontologist and scientific illustrator Joshua Ballze for this lecture about prehistoric and contemporary Indigenous astronomy.

Join Joshua Ballze, paleontologist and scientific illustrator, as he guides you through a presentation on Astronomy and the art of mapping the skies, examining prehistoric and contemporary Indigenous Astronomy. Gain insight into the significant contributions of Indigenous People to NASA, tracing their historical involvement in space exploration. Delve into the intriguing world of artifacts, petroglyphs, and cave paintings, each offering a unique glimpse into ancient celestial maps and indigenous narratives that weave captivating tales about the cosmos.

Joshua Ballze is from the Hia-Ced O’odham and Tarahumara nations located in the Southwest US and northern Mexico. Joshua has been working in museums for several years as a science communicator and museum artist. His fields are both Paleontology and Archaeology, and he has worked on exhibits and archeological digs for: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Cooper Center of Paleontology, Foothill College Anthropology Department.  Most recently, Joshua has collaborated with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of the Interior, contributing his talents as a scientific illustrator to recreate the vibrant culture of the Hohokam/Huhugam people.

  • Audience: Adult
  • Genre: Arts, Culture & Social Science, Space & Astronomy
  • Type: Exhibit/Presentation
  • Date Custom: June 13, 2024
  • Allowed Ages: Adults

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Jun 13 2024


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm




Yavapai STEM Hub


Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina St, Prescott, AZ
Natural History Institute


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