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Indigenous Planetarium Show: The Celestial Bear

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Location: Queen's Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC), 284 Earl Street Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Date: June 16, 2024

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Come learn the Indigenous stories of the stars above in an inflatable planetarium from McMaster. Event is Free.

“That is how I heard the story, so I thought that is how you would hear it as well…” Join us for a fascinating show that blends local culture, history, and modern-day astronomy that shares the Six Nation’s sky lore and language through traditional indigenous night-sky stories. With narration and visuals by a live presentation and pre-recorded excerpts (in English, Mohawk, and Cayuga), learn about the story of the bear and the brothers and how it is retold every year with the rotating patterns in the night sky. See the same stars with a completely different understanding and appreciation! This show was collaboratively produced by members of the Six Nations, McMaster’s Indigenous Studies Program, and the McCallion Planetarium, and is hosted at Queen’s University by the McDonald Institute.

Showtimes are 3-4pm, and 4:20-5:20pm.

Capacity is limited in the shows, so please ensure you can attend if you get a ticket, and please cancel your ticket if you can no longer attend. We have some flexibility, so if tickets are unavailable, please contact us at

Get your free tickets here.

Man stands in front of the inflatable dome, showing its size.
A family enters the inflatable planetarium dome.