Living the Sky: The Cosmos of the American Indian

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806120348
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray A. Williamson holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland. He is a Project Director in the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress.

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