28 Jun 2017

Reviving Maori Astronomy

From Nights, 7:12 pm on 28 June 2017

We've just past the shortest day - the other side of the sun from Christmas - and the New Year. But if many of our ancestors hadn't come from the Northern Hemisphere, it would be the New Year. For those who's ancestors did come from this side of the equator - it is the New Year. Maori call it Matariki, the name Maori give to the star cluster Europeans call Plieades, which will soon rise in the Eastern Sky just before dawn. Just over a year ago Bryan spoke with Dr Rangi Mataamua, about Matariki, and Maori astronomy. Since then he's written a book, Matariki, The Star of the Year.