The 2010 documentary by Zach Kunuk titled, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change catalogues a changing earth that was described by Inuit Elders — the sun rises in a different location, the daylight is longer, and the stars aren’t where they’ve supposed to be.
The CBC reported in 2016 that changes in the north forced Cape Dorset’s Inuit people from their customary food supply from hunting, “into internationally recognized artists based on their traditional crafts.” Reports worldwide speculate that melting polar ice in the Arctic and Antarctica raised water around the world, and that alone could be responsible for what Indigenous People have been seeing. Things in space like the sun and stars aren’t where they’re supposed to be.
Here’s a science-nerd view of the changes for another reason — the shift in the north and south poles.
The compass needle points to the north magnetic pole. There’s also a south magnetic pole. Scientists studied what is happening now. The north and south magnetic poles will change places, what is called the “polarity reversal”.
Scientists around the world studied these changes. In 1997 Ronald Merrill reported in Nature “A magnetic reversal record (changes to Earth’s magnetic field during reversal of polarity).” Merrill studied sediments and lava flows that produced a geological record of the effect of polarity reversals on the Earth in the past.
In 2007 Russian scientists explored pre-historic polarity reversals and their relationship to the equator — or where the northern and southern magnetic fields meet. Russian scientist A. N Kharmov reported in Physics of a Solid Earth that the way the poles move during the polarity reversal result in shifts in the earth’s crust called “convective motions.” The Earth’s crust ripples.
In 2007 John Hopkins University researcher P. Olson also reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America that the polarity reversal creates waves or ripples that increase the tilt of the equator. In early 2007 Chinese scientist W. Shen in Acta Geologica Sinica – English Edition says that the geomagnetic polarity reversal occurred many times in history. The Chinese scientists describe how the Earth’s core and outer core move at a low speed. The Chinese say “geomagnetic polarity reversal” creates changes in the Earth because these cores will move at different speeds.
What happens during the change was the focus of experiments done in France by C. Narteau as reported in 2007 in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Scientists at the University of Paris describe the effect of a polarity reversal as a “cascade” when the equator creates what they describe as turbulent motions — waves in the Earth’s crust created by the polarity reversal. The scientific studies focus on the effect of waves effect on the Earth’s crust, outer core, and inner core that currently move at the same rate.
The research says that the shifting polarity affects the motion of these three geological regions that creates waves that cascade and cause those three regions to move at different speeds. The effect creates tensions between the crust, outer core and inner core. Inertia, gravitational force, and geomagnetic change present massive forces that change the tilt of the equator and eventually moves the equator. These forces create volcanoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, and floods.
The Earth is also effected by the Sun and stars. The Sun travels around the Milky Way galaxy in a wave. If you held your hands together it looks like the Milky Way from the side. Where your palms meet (the plane) is like the center of the galaxy. The Sun’s path reaches toward the galactic plane every 26,000 years—which is where we’re at right now. These forces exerted on the Earth by the Sun and galaxy received attention by scientists who see an unavoidable influence by the Sun and galaxy on life on Earth. Same as our Old Ones.
In the year 2000 international scientists conducted experiments to determine the effect of “cosmic rays” on the Earth’s climate. For example, according to Jeff Kanipe’s report in Nature 2006 describes “A cosmic connection” in the cosmic radiation that comes from the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Though scientists focus on the causes of contemporary global warming (man-made v. natural event) they know about the Sun’s 26,000 year path around galactic equinox that affects the Earth’s climate.
In 2001 NASA researchers said the Sun’s polarity reversed in late 2000. The scientists said that the solar reversal occurred during the peak in sunspot activity. In late 2000 the northern pole of the Sun shifted to the southern solar hemisphere. NASA also described the importance of the Sun to the Earth in a region of the galaxy that includes the solar system of planets orbiting the Sun. The effect of the galactic equinox on the solar polarity reversal of 2012 is complex. This scientific research describes tremendous forces exist that can affect life on Earth. The potential for extreme solar wind to be exerted on the Earth can occur when the Sun crosses the galactic plane. The solar wind influences the oceans’ energy conveyor belt that increases climate change.
In simple terms food supplies can be affected. Climate changes. The effect of geomagnetic and galactic forces in the extreme could alter the Earth rotation, the equator, and create catastrophes like Earthquakes, severe weather, and floods. When these events occur is impossible to predict. The effects of these events is beyond human control.
What’s it all mean?
The Earth’s changes are almost invisible except for people like the Inuit who live by the seasonal changes signaled by the Sun and stars. In the Old Days, southern Indigenous people built lodges where star movements were watched through the smoke holes. Among our People the appearance of the Pleiades “skyworld” constellation in our old lodge observatories signaled the start of our New Year, when we did the Midwinter Ceremonies. Many other Indigenous people constructed “medicine wheels” that had spokes pointing to different places where the stars and the Sun appeared.
We don’t use this indgenous knowledge anymore. The Inuit are watching the sky. We watch the Weather Channel.
But what we do know is this—these events happened before. Every 26,000 years.
Thohahoken Michael Doxtater is an educator from Six Nations