Public talk by Wilfred Buck: "One Sky, Many Astronomies"

We were honoured to host this event on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021. Please find a recording of the talk and more information about Wilfred Buck below. 

Painting of Indigenous constellation, image credit Mistawasis Buck

“Every culture in the Northern Hemisphere saw the same sky at night, and they all have their own constellations, mythologies, and teachings,” says Wilfred Buck. Furthermore, “star stories are part of our belief system. Knowledge of the stars is found in many aspects of our culture including storytelling, symbolism, and religious traditions”.

We are fortunate to have Wilfred Buck joining us to discuss astronomy and the deep knowledge that First Nations people have about the sky. In First Nations communities, each star is part of a story, sometimes many stories, which convey cultural traditions and knowledge.  In this seminar, Wilfred will discuss his research into the astronomical knowledge of the Ininewuk, Lakota, and Anishinaabe Peoples.

About the Speaker: Wilfred Buck is a former science facilitator at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and an Indigenous star lore expert, known as “the star guy”. Wilfred was co-curator of an exhibit featuring constellations of Canada's indigenous cultures at Ottawa's Canada Science and Technology Museum (2018), and he served as a storyteller and content expert in the 22-minute film "Legends of the Northern Sky," shown at Telus World of Science in Edmonton (2019). He is author of Tipiskawi Kisik: Night Sky Star Stories and I Have Lived Four Lives, and can be contacted at

Recording of talk: