Native American Eclipse stories to be told in Angelica

A member of the Onondaga Nation will present Native American eclipse stories in advance of the April 8 total eclipse which will pass over the region.

Perry Ground, a Turtle Clan member of the Nation, will share the beliefs, traditions, and protocols of several Native American tribes as they relate to the Sun and eclipse events from 4PM to 5:30PM Saturday, March 2, at the Angelica Free Library, 55 West Main Street.

The total eclipse, in which the Moon gets directly in front of the Sun, will be directly over Buffalo in the afternoon of Monday, April 8, creating total darkness from sunrays, with effects also being experienced in Allegany and other nearby counties.

Eclipse Timing
At Buffalo, the Moon will begin to cover the Sun at 2:04PM, according to Buffalo Eclipse at

“Using a safe solar viewing method, we will see more and more of the Sun covered by the Moon over the next 70 minutes. This time is called a partial phase because the Sun is partially covered by the Moon.

“Totality begins at approximately 3:15PM and lasts about 3 minutes 45 seconds for viewers on the centerline (at Buffalo). The farther you are from the centerline, the shorter totality will last.

“After totality, the Moon gradually uncovers the Sun in a second partial phase. The eclipse ends for Buffalo viewers at about 4:30PM,” according to the eclipse source.

An interactive map, which shows the eclipse path and can be used to search for effects in specific communities, is available at

Native American Folklore
Tribes across North America have stories to explain these solar events and view them in many different ways – as a signal or a transformation, as omens, as sacred, and as a celebration, according to the Angelica library.

“From the Cherokee to the Navajo to the Inuit to the Haudenosaunee (and many other tribes), these traditional legends have been told for hundreds of years and continue to be important to Native American culture today,” it reports.

A brief understanding of each tribe’s location and environment will be shared in addition to the stories, which will become interactive as the narrator often includes audience members in them, according to the library.