Educational Program: Tohono O'odham Engagement

With the support of Kitt Peak National Observatory, NOIRLab (formerly NOAO) has been working with the Tohono O'odham Nation on formal and informal programs since 2006. A range of activities are offered today. In addition to the flagship Colors of Nature program, we engage with the Tohono O'odham Nation by partnering with Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership Academy via our support of the MESCIT tutoring program (developed in partnership with Ha:san and the University of Arizona). NOIRLab collaborates with the Tohono O'odham Nation on many other activities such as Native American Day and the Sells Rodeo, star parties for the Tohono O'odham Community College, career fairs, and camps and school events throughout the year.

Artist's Statement

Jeffery Antone Sr.
Tohono O’odham Artist
GuVo Community on the Tohono O’odham Nation

“This logo that I created represents the Traditions, the beauty, the artistic ability and the guidance of the Tohono O’odham people.  All of these I just mentioned surround the Kitt Peak National Observatory that is located on the Tohono O’odham Nation.  The observatory shows a lot of respect to its surroundings and to the people of the Nation.  Each section of this logo shows a certain importance of the Nation, as you can see the friendship dance that can be seen in our ceremonies and in our artwork (baskets, pottery and paintings).  We also see the guidance of our families who encourage their children to get a better education and with the help of the observatory some can be guided to search for the stars.  This symbol also represents the four directions which is also very important in the O’odham culture.”


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About the Educational Program

Release date:Feb. 4, 2021, 9:31 a.m.


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