In many Indigenous cultures, a solar eclipse is more than a spectacle. It’s for honoring tradition

In this 2020, photo, homes and other structures are seen on the Navajo reservation in Monument Valley, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

PHOENIX — For a few hours, Krystal Curley and her Indigenous women’s work group took over a college auditorium to share traditional Navajo practices regarding this weekend’s highly anticipated solar eclipse. More than 50 people — young and old — showed up for the chance to either connect with or remember cultural protocol going back hundreds of years.