Glyph 11 | Year 1833

Wičháȟpi hiŋȟpáya
(Star-Nation to-fall-down)

The stars fell down.


A 19th century woodcut with an impression of the spectacular November 13, 1833 Leonid storm. Courtesy Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Early settlers look up in amazement at a sky filled with shooting stars.

This glyph depicts the Leonid Meteor Shower which occurs every November when the earth passes through its orbit around the sun. Every thirty-two and a half years it is more intense when it is closest to the earth. There are accounts from various groups of people throughout the United States from the shower of 1833 when many believed the earth was coming to an end or that it was Judgement Day due to the intensity of the shower. The name “Leonid” comes from the apparent place of origin of the shower, a constellation known as Leo, or Lion. The shower of 1833 is depicted on most winter counts and is used for determining which years are covered by counting forward and backward in time from 1833.


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