International Year Of Astronomy 2009

Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters

A traditional Mi'kmaq sky story has been brought to life in a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, blending modern technology with the oral teachings of First Nations Elders.

An animated version of the Mi'kmaq sky story, Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters, is now available in English, French and Mi'kmaq to people around the world in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).

Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters is a traditional sky story which has been handed down from generation to generation as part of the rich oral history of the Mi'kmaq First Nation. The story links the annual cycle of the seasons as observed by the Mi'kmaq with the movement of stars about the North Celestial pole. This is the first time this story has been transferred from the realm of oral tradition into video and made accessible to such a large audience.

The story of Muin has been brought to life through the loving work of Mi'kmaq Elder Lillian Marshall of Potlotek First Nation (in Cape Breton, NS) and Mi'kmaq Elder Murdena Marshall of Eskasoni First Nation (in Cape Breton, NS), in conjunction with artist Sana Kavanagh of Cape Breton University in Sydney, NS. The two Elders narrated the English and Mi'kmaq versions of the film, while the French version was narrated by Annabelle Welsh, a Grade 12 student from Membertou First Nation (in Cape Breton, NS) who attends √Čtoile de l'Acadie in Sydney. The production was made possible through the support of CBU's Canada Research Chair in Integrative Science, Dr. Cheryl Bartlett.

Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters premiered on January 8th at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, with a broadcast to First Nations schools in eastern Canada as part of the launch of Canada's IYA2009 celebrations.

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Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters, narrated in Mi'kmaq, subtitled in English Muin in Mi'kmaq
Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters, narrated in English Muin in English
Muin and the Seven Bird Hunters, narrated in French Muin in French

Beyond the Visible Universe: Galaxy Collisions, Star Formation and Galactic Evolution

On March 13, 2009, the National Research Council and the Royal Society of Canada: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences presented a lecture entitled, "Beyond the Visible Universe : Galaxy Collisions, Star Formation and Galactic Evolution". This presentation, which is part of the NRC/RSC Scientific Lecture Series, was given by Dr. Christine Wilson, a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University, and the Canadian Project Scientist for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array.

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Introduction, part 1: intro 1 intro 1
Introduction, part 2: intro 2 intro 2
Introduction, part 3: intro 3 intro 3
Main talk: intro 4 intro 4
Question and answer session: QA