Starry, Starry Night

5 January 1834 – In their tribal lore the Kiowa Indians call this date “the night the stars fell.” In the words of ethnographer James Mooney, the Kiowa were awakened by a burst of light, and “running out from the tipis, they found the night as bright as day, with myriads of meteors darting about the sky. The parents awakened the children saying, ‘Get up, get up, there is something awful (zédalbe) going on!’”

Below – A symbolic depiction of the meteor shower recorded on a Kiowa hide calendar.

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