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Living the Sky The Cosmos of the American Indian

Living the Sky The Cosmos of the American Indian
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806120348
  • ISBN: 0806120347
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

AUTHOR

Williamson, Ray A., Hodges, Snowden

SUMMARY

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 Skydescribes 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.Williamson, Ray A. is the author of 'Living the Sky The Cosmos of the American Indian' with ISBN 9780806120348 and ISBN 0806120347.

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