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Former EAC student to discuss “Polynesian Astronomy” at Discovery Park Campus

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Former EAC student to discuss “Polynesian Astronomy” at Discovery Park Campus

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus is pleased to host a free slide show and lecture about “Polynesian Astronomy” on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus.

The family-friendly program will be presented by a former EAC All-Academic Team member and astronomy student, Marquette Mower (class of 2007). Now studying Ethnoastronomy at the University of Arizona, Mower is well-versed in Polynesian mythology and navigation. She states, “I first became interested in the astronomy of the Pacific Islands through an NAU class entitled Introduction to Indigenous Astronomy. Having grown up in the dry Southwest, I found the astronomy from a culture surrounded completely by water to be fascinating. At the end of the semester, I did my final project on Astronomy of the Pacific Islands. What a different perspective! What rich stories and myths! By the end of the project, I wished that I was Polynesian so that I could claim this amazing heritage for my own.”

“Part of the Polynesian belief system involves the interpretation of the objects visible in the night sky—their constellations are not identified in the same way as those described by Europeans or Greeks,” says Mower. She invites everyone to join her for this special presentation so that they too can learn all about “Polynesian Astronomy” and about her studies in Ethnoastronomy, the study of how different cultures view and relate to the celestial sky.

For more information about this lecture or EAC’s Discovery Park Campus, contact Harry Swanson, dean of EAC’s Discovery Park Campus at (928) 428-6260.