Long ago, people learned to organize the sky into recognizable patterns. They connected the brightest stars together, imagining the outlines of gods and ancestors. These imaginary outlines are called constellations.

Today there are a total of 88 constellations that cover both the northern and southern hemispheres. Certain constellations and planets that can be seen with the naked eye are important to the beliefs of the Blackfoot Anishinabe and Cree of North America, and the Indigenous Australians. We know they are important because stories have been told about them for generations. These stories provide traditional knowledge that reinforces cultural beliefs and serves as a moral, ethical and practical guide.
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