Reachable stars : patterns in the ethnoastronomy of eastern North America

by George E. Lankford, 1938-

Book, 2007



Call number

E98.C79 L36


Publisher Unknown


Modern Westerners say the lights in the sky are stars, but culturally they are whatever we humans say they are. Some say they are Forces that determine human lives, some declare they are burning gaseous masses, and some see them as reminders of a gloried past by which elders can teach and guide the young-mnemonics for narratives. Lankford's volume focuses on the ancient North Americans and the ways they identified, patterned, ordered, and used the stars to light their culture and illuminate their traditions. They knew them as regions that could be visited by human spirits, and so the ligh


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