Recording the Cosmos
Religion and science intermingle in the kept records of many communities across time and space.
Farmer-mathematician-astronomer Benjamin Banneker journaled celestial observations side by side with notes on religion, including vivid accounts of his spiritual dreams. Keepers among the Lakota of the Northern Plains recorded the history of their extended family groups in arrays of pictographs known as winter counts. With each image representing a single year, winter counts maintained memories of remarkable occurrences, often recounted in ceremonies at the center of community life.