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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.


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This free talk is a part of Rooted: The Natural History of People in the Southwest, the second installment of NHI’s humanities speakers series exploring the relationship between people and place in Arizona and the broader Southwest. We invite you to explore how humans have shaped and been shaped by the landscape of our region over time in this series of talks from archaeologists, Indigenous historians, ethnobotanists, activists, and authors.

Rooted events are made possible by Arizona Humanities and sponsored by Findlay Subaru of Prescott.


June 13
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Natural History Institute


Natural History Institute
126 N Marina St
Prescott, AZ 86301
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