Gitchi Odjig

Gitchi Odjig, the Great Fisher

Gitchi Odjig, the Great Fisher, appears in Ojibwe and Algonquin myths and is known as the Big Dipper constellation in Western literature. It is the third largest of the 88 modern constellations. Used as a navigational tool, the Great Fisher points to the current northern pole star, Polaris. Preceding the widespread Western-constructed narratives of Ursa Major (the Big Bear) and the Big Dipper, Gitchi Odjig is the name of the constellation that brings summer to the world and serves as a mythic friend, distinguished for his bravery and courage in the face of danger.


Oil on Canvas


Eva Bod ’20

Curated Resources

Clive Ruggles, Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy, 2015

Springer Press Historical and Cultural Astronomy Series, 2016-present

Archaeoastronomy, 1978-2014

Journal of Astronomy in Culture, 2016-present

Ocarina Books

International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture