African observers of the Universe and the Sirius question.
The complex knowledge knowledge of the Dogon of Mali about the Sirius (the brightest star in the night sky) star-system sent shock-waves around the scientific world. These west African people did not only plot the orbits of stars circling sirius but revealed the extraordinary nature of one of its companions - Sirius B - which they claimed to be one of the densest and tinniest of the stars in our galaxy. What is most astonishing about their revelations is that Sirius B is invisible to the unaided eye.
It wasn’t until the 20th century, of course, that Western astronomers finally proved the existence of Sirius B, which they found to be a white dwarf, smaller and heavier than Sirius as the Dogon had stated, and whose elliptical orbit caused the larger star to ‘wobble’.
Eurocentric scientists have attributed this knowledge to the presence of space-men (Robert Tempels), Jesuit priest (Kenneth Brecher) and european travelers among these, Africans, who, according to Brecher, “have no business knowing this”.
Hunter Adams III of the Argonne National Laboratory exposes the superficiality and racial arrogance of these claims. He points to the 700 year old antiquity of Sirius traditions among the Dogon aspects of which were shared by other black peoples.
References: Adams II, Hunter H. African Observers of the Universe: The Sirius question. Van Sertima, Ivan (ed). Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern. New York: Journal of Africa Civilization Ltd. Inc, 1983. p. 27