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Activity: Drinking Gourd

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The Drinking Gourd activity is an extension of The Platisphere  activity.  Users can create a device that demonstrates the changing position of the Big Dipper through the hours and through the seasons.  This correlates with the book and with the planetarium program entitled The Drinking Gourd.  Please see The Platisphere for initial instructions.

Also see the Constellation Projector for drinking gourd application.

(Caveat: The historical credibility of The Drinking Gourd folklore is challenged at http://www.followthedrinkinggourd.org/index.htm.)

Contributed by Chuck Bueter.

 

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