Astronomy. Stargazing. Maay Uuyow. The night sky and the stars, moons, and planets held within are things of wonder: They capture our imagination with ideas of meaning, deep stories, and our place among them.

The tradition of observation and storytelling, of cosmology — the study of the origin and growth of the universe — is an ancient one, with local roots right here in the culture and history of the Valley’s first peoples. Just like children and adults today come out to the desert to escape the city lights and appreciate the universe around them, so, too, did those who came before us. With the Kumeyaay, the extensive study and stories produced by that wonder is Maay Uuyow — sky knowledge.

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