Monday, April 8, 2024

Planet UTSA: Native American spirituality and the cosmos

Episode 5

There are just a few days left before the highly anticipated total solar eclipse on April 8 that will create a full-moon night for people situated along its path in North America. While most spectators will celebrate the celestial phenomenon with viewing parties and social gatherings, the eclipse holds a deeper spiritual meaning for Native Americans who have been observing the skies for centuries.

Joining us in the studio for the last podcast in our eclipse series is Cody Cly, a doctoral student and a graduate research assistant in the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy. Cly, who was raised on a Navajo reservation in the small community of Nageezi, New Mexico, chats with UTSA’s John Elizondo about the unique spiritual tie that Navajo communities and Indigenous people have with eclipses.

The UTSA Office of University Strategic Communications demonstrates UTSA’s commitment to research, career readiness and economic development through compelling, multimedia storytelling. Its Planet UTSA podcast is one of several projects in the Eclipse 2024 initiative, which includes a UTSA Today news series about the impact of the eclipse and a weekly op-ed series featuring faculty experts running in the San Antonio Express-News leading up to the April 8 event. Both series are running on Mondays. Check out Sombrilla Magazine to learn more about how UTSA has emerged at the forefront of illuminating projects solving the grand challenges of space exploration.

Listen On

Apple SoundCloud Spotify

UTSA Today is produced by University Strategic Communications,
the official news source
of The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Send your feedback to

UTSA Today is produced by University Communications and Marketing, the official news source of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Send your feedback to Keep up-to-date on UTSA news by visiting UTSA Today. Connect with UTSA online at Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.

UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

UTSA’S Destinations

UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education .

Our Commitment to Inclusivity

The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to promoting access for all. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.