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Introducing a new series. Things you were never taught in school about native Americans. I hope to impart some glimpse at false history and have some fun educating people as well. These will most likely be short and scattered randomly. I will do two today because I want to start the series off right. This will be all for today. Until next time!

Fact 35

Almanacs – Almanacs are books containing meteorological and astronomical information, which the Maya used in various aspects of their life.

Almanacs were invented independently by the Maya and the Europeans.

As their culture arose the Mayans began using Almanacs around 3,500 years ago, while Europeans are known to have created written almanacs only after 1150 AD or less than 1,000 years ago. Other tribes in north America also used Almanacs but the Mayans appear to be the originators of these books. Open trade among tribes exposed a great many inventions to a great many and diverse people.

The Lakota used star maps for navigation as an almanac about 3,000 years ago. The almanac of the Lakota also contained important seasonal information and aided in when to plant and harvest as well as when hunting would be most abundant.