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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Native American tribes on why they will REFUSE to watch today's solar eclipse

Seven years old and lounging in a tree listening to the radio, Baje Whitethorne Sr. wasn't aware of the lesson he was about to learn.

His grandfather called him down from the tree, saying it was time to go inside their home on the Navajo reservation and wait while the sun died and was reborn. There was going to be a solar eclipse.

Whitethorne wanted nothing more than to eat, but he did what he was told.

That day, he learned patience and a cultural teaching that he has passed on through a children's book he wrote about why Navajos shouldn't gawk at an eclipse like the one that will be visible Sunday in parts of the western United States.

'It was just the respect and honor you give to what nature does,' Whitethorne said. 'The sun is reborn, and in acknowledging what nature does, you take a minute to acknowledge yourself.'

Many American Indian tribes view the sun and moon as cultural deities but the beliefs among northern Arizona's tribes and individual members don't all signal a need to stay clear of the ring eclipse, or annular solar eclipse, that hasn't been seen in the U.S. since 1994. Read More