New Epoch Speakers
History in the Making
Proudly Presents:

Dr. Kay Leather
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Kay is a teacher of many years standing and an excellent science researcher. She teaches  astronomy courses and has co-authored two books: “Work of the Gods” and "Stonehenge Aeotearoa."  

For her work in promoting native culture and learning, Kay is recognized as Maori royalty: an exceptionally rare honor for those of western descent. In the Phoenix Astronomical Sopciety Kay was a major player in the building of Stonehenge Aotearoa, and is part of the Almanac and Newsletter editorial team. Maori astronomy, navigation, ancient astronomy and education are her areas of interest. Kay is a member of the Royal Society.

Polynesian and Maori astronomical knowledge is separate from the ancient systems of Mesopotamia, Greece, the Moorish world, Europe, China, Yucatan or other places and cultures. However, all deal with the same phenomena and so offer valid comparisons and insights to those who study them. Modern world astronomy is built on the knowledge of the past and the way in which the universe came to be and is ordered according to the theories or myths.

The ancient Maori view of the heavens is only one small part of the total religious philosophy. We of this time and age, can appreciate that philosophy even if we may not completely understand it. In the myths and stories from Polynesia a particular map of the heavens is invoked. As the ancestors moved south so they adapted to the map to incorporate the stars seen from these latitudes. This was the work of learned people, scientists. Today we can take their work further into the far realms of Te Kore, to the origin of matter.

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