Living the Sky: The Cosmos of the American Indian

by Ray A. Williamson

Paperback, 1987

Status

Available

Call number

E98 .A88

Publication

University of Oklahoma Press (1987), Edition: 1st, 366 pages

Description

Imagine the North American Indians as astronomers carefully watching the heavens, charting the sun through the seasons, or counting the sunrises between successive lumar phases. Then imagine them establishing observational sites and codified systems to pass their knowledge down through the centuries and continually refine it. A few years ago such images would have been abruptly dismissed. Today we are wiser. Living the Sky describes the exciting archaeoastronomical discoveries in the United States in recent decades. Using history, science, and direct observation, Ray A. Williamson transports the reader into the sky world of the Indians. We visit the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, sit with a Zuni sun priest on the winter solstice, join explorers at the rites of the Hopis and the Navajos, and trek to Chaco Canyon to make direct on-site observations of celestial events.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

9 inches

ISBN

0806120347 / 9780806120348

Barcode

34662000517968
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