Tall Tales | They Dance in the Sky
A book program designed to help us learn about the many varied cultures, landscapes, and stories of the American West past and present. Before the program, read the selected book, then join us as we gather together to engage in meaningful conversations and shared experiences.
First 10 households to register receive a free copy of the book!*
In our exhibit, Night & Day: Frederic Remington’s Last Decade, the night sky features prominently in many of Frederic Remington’s paintings, as seen in artworks like The Luckless Hunter or Apache Medicine Song. What kind of tales did Native Americans have about the night sky? Join us for the next Tall Tales as we read and discuss They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths by Jean Guard Monrow and Ray A. Williamson. This collection of Native American lore connects readers to the different sky stories of various North American tribes while also connecting readers to today’s common names of stars & constellations of each tale for those who wish to engage in their own night sky gazing.
“For countless generations, Native American storytellers have watched the night sky and told tales of the stars and the constellations. The stars themselves tell many tales—of children who have danced away from home, of six brothers who rescue a maiden from the fearful Rolling Skull, of the great wounded sky bear, whose blood turns the autumn leaves red, and many more.”
“This well researched, thoughtful collection brings together star myths from such Native American tribes as the Navajo, Pawnee, Shasta and Micmac . . . Given the oral tradition of these tribes and the need to preserve the tales, this poetically rendered compilation is especially valuable.” Publishers Weekly
Join us for our next Tall Tales book discussion as we read and discuss They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths by Jean Guard Monrow and Ray A. Williamson. Please read the selected book prior to the program.
Registration: Required – opens Dec. 6
Contact: Leslie Thompson at lthompson@SidRichardsonMuseum.org or 817.332.6554 if you have any questions or would like to be added to the wait list when registration is full.
* Registrants who receive a free copy of the book can elect to pick it up at the front desk during museum hours or have it mailed for a $7 fee. Staff will confirm your option after you register.