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The Resource Reachable stars : patterns in the ethnoastronomy of eastern North America, George E. Lankford

Reachable stars : patterns in the ethnoastronomy of eastern North America, George E. Lankford

Label
Reachable stars : patterns in the ethnoastronomy of eastern North America
Title
Reachable stars
Title remainder
patterns in the ethnoastronomy of eastern North America
Statement of responsibility
George E. Lankford
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 lights for them were not distant points of light, but "reachable stars." Guided by the night sky and its constellations, they created oral traditions, or myths, that contained their wisdom and which they used to pass on to succeeding generations their particular world view. However, they did not all tell the same stories. This study uses that fact -- patterns of agreement and disagreement -- to discover prehistoric relationships between Indian groups. Which groups saw a constellation in the same way and told the same story? How did that happen? Although these preliterate societies left no written records, the mythic patterns across generations and cultures enable contemporary researchers to examine the differences in how they understood the universe -- not as early scientists, but as creators of cosmic order. In the process of doing that, the myth-tellers left the footprints of their international cultural relationships behind them. Reachable Stars is the story of their stories."--publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lankford, George E.
Dewey number
305.8971/074
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E98.C79
LC item number
L36 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Indian cosmology
  • Indian mythology
  • Indian mythology
  • Ethnoastronomy
  • Ethnoastronomy
  • Indian cosmology
  • Indian cosmology
Label
Reachable stars : patterns in the ethnoastronomy of eastern North America, George E. Lankford
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-297) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Four ethnoastronomies -- The star husband -- The morning stars -- The morning star of the Winnebago -- Stars in the north : bears, biers, and boats -- The star cluster -- The star women -- The path through the stars -- The starry hand -- The serpent in the stars -- Some ethnoastronomical insights
Control code
76901884
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 303 pages
Isbn
9780817315689
Lccn
2006039790
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)76901884
Label
Reachable stars : patterns in the ethnoastronomy of eastern North America, George E. Lankford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-297) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Four ethnoastronomies -- The star husband -- The morning stars -- The morning star of the Winnebago -- Stars in the north : bears, biers, and boats -- The star cluster -- The star women -- The path through the stars -- The starry hand -- The serpent in the stars -- Some ethnoastronomical insights
Control code
76901884
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 303 pages
Isbn
9780817315689
Lccn
2006039790
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)76901884

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