The Casserole Constellation (Big Dipper)

Touch the Stars detail: The Big Dipper (North America) and The Casserole (France)

I thought these two culinary items belonged on this door, which leads to the school cafeteria's kitchen! The Big Dipper is, of course, the name most North Americans use. Before the Civil War, runaway slaves used it as a navigational aid to point the way north as they escaped to freedom; they called it the Drinking Gourd. The French call this constellation by the name "Le Casserole" (the saucepan).

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