APTN National News
Millions of people looked up to the skies Monday as the moon crossed paths with the sun.
But for a Cree constellations expert there was a deep connection.
Wilfred Buck said the Cree have had names for stars for thousands of years.
He said First Nation culture and traditions are rooted in the stars.
“We originate from the stars,” said Wilfred Buck. “We call those ‘ochagosak’ and we have something inside us called ‘ahtsak’ which is spirit.”
Buck said First Nations were knowledgeable about eclipses.
“They were understanding about what the eclipse was an when it was happening,” he said. “In the Cree language the eclipse is called ‘kahtahwew’. It loosely translates to smothering of light.”
Buck said it’s his journey in life to educate, not only First Nations, but the public about the importance and historical ties that First Nations have to the stars and space.