Greek, Diné cultures meet when talking stars at Rehoboth

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

REHOBOTH, N.M., Feb. 20, 2014

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(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: A telescope points up at the sky Thursday evening sky at the Rehoboth Christian High School in Rehoboth, N.M.

BOTTOM: Students, parents and teachers from the Rehoboth Christian High School point their telescopes to the heavens last Thursday evening in Rehoboth, N.M.

On the outside it looks like a grey bouncy house in the shape of a dome, but as soon as the students of Rehoboth Christian School crawled inside, they saw glowing outlines of pictures traced in the stars.

All the small giggles and shuffling silenced when fourth- and fifth-grade teacher Bev Jonkman lit up the star labs projector earning a "whoa" from each of her students.

Jonkman took her science students into the star lab last week teaching them about the constellations and the star patterns found in them, even including a few stories from Greek mythology on what a few of those patterns mean.

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