Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy

Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy

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Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy by David Begay, Nancy C. Maryboy

Sharing the Skies provides a look at traditional Navajo astronomy, including the unique way in which Navajo people view the cosmos and their place within it. In addition, this book offers a comparison of the Navajo astronomy with the Greek (Western) perceptions. Beautifully illustrated with original paintings from a Navajo artist and scientifically enhanced with NASA photography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933855400
Publisher: Rio Nuevo Publishers
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 1,199,356
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

David Begay is a scholar and member of the Navajo Nation, and one of the founders of the Indigenous Education Institute. He works with University of California, Berkeley, Space Science Labs in areas of western and Indigenous science with support from NASA and the National Science Foundation. He lives on the Navajo Nation and works as an independent contractor with federal, state, tribal, and corporate entities.

Nancy C. Maryboy is a Cherokee/Navajo scholar working in the area of Indigenous Science, with a focus on astronomy. She is the President and Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Institute located in Bluff, Utah and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She teaches Indigenous Astronomy at Northern Arizona University. She works with NASA educational outreach projects and with University of California, Berkeley, Space Science Labs on National Science Foundation projects. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

How to Use This Book 8

Part I Introduction 11

Introduction to Navajo Astronomy 11

Introduction to Greek Astronomy 19

Introduction to Space Science 24

Part II Comparative Astronomy 33

N?hook&ocedil;s Constellation 33

N?hook&ocedil;s Bo'ka'/Ursa Major 34

N?hook&ocedil;s Bi'??d/Cassiopeia 36

N?hook&ocedil;s Bik&ocedil;'/Polaris 38

Dily?h?/Pleides 40

Hubble: Barnard's Merope Nebula, IC 349 43

?ts? Ets' ?z?/Orion 45

Hubble: Horsehead Nebula 48

Hastiin Sik'a?'i?/Corvus 49

?ts? Etsoh/Scorpius, top half 51

Gah Hahat'ee/Scorpius, lower half 53

Yik??sd?h?/The Milky Way 55

Ii'ni/Pegasus and Leo 57

Shash/Sagittarius 63

Tsetah Dib?/Cancer 66

Hubble: Star AU Microscopii 68

T&lstroke;ish Tsoh/Canis Major 70

Ma'ii Biz&ocedil;'/Argo Navis 72

Hubble: The Eagle Nebula 75

Jo'hanaa'??/The Sun 76

T&lstroke;'?honaa'??/The Moon 82

Calendrical Comparison: Navajo and Western Months 85

Part III Resources 87

Glossary 87

Navajo Pronunciation Guide 89

Constellation Location Guide 90

Selected Bibliography 90

Acknowledgments 92

Art and Photography Credits 93

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Holly_Slaski More than 1 year ago
This was a very well thought out and written book and it helped me to understand the native culture of the Navajo a lot. As an added bonus, I got to learn a few words in their language which, it seems to me, is difficult to get a grasp on. I'm still uncertain how to pronounce some of the words they gave in the book, but all in all, it was a very beautiful and edifying experience. I liked it a lot. And their constellations, while sometimes similar to the constellations we all know and love, are very different and large. I hope more people would want to expand their cultural horizons and learn something new that they never knew before. I was thrilled and amazed at the content I learned through reading this book.