Friday, June 17, 2016

In Celebration of the Summer Solstice

Serpent Mound, Ohio. Image Courtesy of Tim Black.
Serpent Mound, Ohio.
Image Courtesy of Tim Black.
American Indian Nations created a plethora of astronomically aligned sites within the area that is now Ohio before their forced removal in the 1800s. Their ancient cultures designed many of their sacred and living spaces around reoccurring astronomical events; like that of solar equinoxes and solstices (Serpent Mound and SunWatch Village) or marking the lunar cycle (Newark Earthworks and High Bank Works).* For more information about current celebrations, please contact each removed Nation individually.** Cultures throughout the American continents, not just within the Midwestern United States, designed sacred and living spaces which aligned with solar or lunar alignments; sites which include Watson Break, Cahokia, Chaco Canyon, and Chichén Itzá.

If you wish to attend an event in Ohio planned for the summer solstice
[June 20, 2016], feel free to check out our
 American Indian Events Calendar.

*Designing a landscape or structure to coincide with a celestial event is often referred to as an astronomical alignment. 
** For more information about Historic Nations of Ohio, click here.

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