Lakota hand constellation. The index finger is the bright star Rigel while the thumb is the Orion Nebula. Orion's belt makes up the wrist. The pinky is held by Beta Eridani, a star in the constellation Eridanis.
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Constellation Of The Hand
According to the Lakota, the Constellation of the Hand, namely the bottom half of
Orion, represents the arm of a great Lakota chief. The Orion's Belt represents
the Chief's wrist and the thumb is formed by his sword. Rigel is the tip of the
index finger, and Beta Eridani that of the little finger.
The tale related to this constellation tells us how the gods wanted to punish
the Lakota chief for his selfishness and made the Thunder People rip out his arm.
To help her father, the chief's daughter offered to marry whomever would recover
her father's arm. One man made a long and perilous journey through the sky and the Earth.
Fallen Star, a young warrior born of a mortal mother and a celestial father, returned the lost arm to the chief and married his beautiful daughter. The return of the arm to the chief symbolizes the harmony between the gods and the people
with the help of the younger generation.
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