Planets and Other Heavenly Bodies

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for his original image, and collection of names of planets (below), that includes additional heavenly bodies.
Here’s a bit of planet imagery to go along with them, in a stanza from Roberta Hill Whiteman’s poem, “The Powwow Crowd,” in Cicadas: New & Selected Poems:

Planets also powwow. Earth and Moon,
one in blue fringe, the other, yellow, kick-step
with a clever wobble. Jupiter struts
among his moons while Venus
jingles round in solar wind

English nameCree NameSyllabics(translation)
Mercury tâstapîwatâhkᑖᐢᑕᐲᐘᑖᕽfast star
Venus wâpanatâhkᐚᐸᓇᑖᕽmorning star
Earth askiyᐊᐢᑭᐩ
Mars mihkwatâhkᒥᐦᑿᑖᕽred star
Jupiter masinâsowatâhkᒪᓯᓈᓱᐘᑖᕽmarked/coloured star
Saturn wâwiyêyêkinatâhkᐚᐏᔦᔦᑭᓇᑖᕽwrap around star
Uranus sîpîwatâhkᓰᐲᐘᑖᕽriver star
Neptune yîkwaskwanatâhkᔩᑿᐢᑿᓇᑖᕽcloudy star
Gemini amisk-acâhkᐊᒥᐢᑲᒑᕽbeaver star
North Star acâhkos êkâ kâ-âhcîtᐊᒑᐦᑯᐢ ᐁᑳ ᑳ ᐋᐦᒌᐟstar that does not move
Big Dipper ocêk-atâhkᐅᒉᑲᑖᕽfisher star
Comet acâhkos kâ-osôsitᐊᒑᐦᑯᐢ ᑳ ᐅᓲᓯᐟstar with a tail
Evening Star otâkwanacâhkosᐅᑖᑿᓇᒑᐦᑯᐢ
Moon tipiskâw-pîsimᑎᐱᐢᑳᐤ ᐲᓯᒼ
Sun pîsimᐲᓯᒼ

We’re still looking for the best term for “universe.” Solomon Ratt suggests misiwêskamik – all over, all over the world; misiwêkîsikohk

Find additional astronomy terms under the subject heading “Indigenous Knowledge (Science)

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