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The Stars We Know by Timothy P. McCleary

The Stars We Know by Timothy P. McClearyThe Stars We Know by Timothy P. McCleary
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The Stars We Know by Timothy P. McCleary

Crow Indian Astronomy & Lifeways

This fascinating ethnography explores how the Crow Indians have blended scientific observation with religious symbolism to develop traditions that are a cornerstone of their culture. For centuries, the Crow people have kept a careful watch on the heavens above them--particularly the cycles and movements of the stars, the sun, the moon, and certain planets. Their interpretations of these cosmic phenomena have shaped the principles by which the Crow live, providing a sense of right and wrong and an attendant set of values and ethics. The Crow speak of this celestial wisdom as "the stars we know." In this illustrated volume, McCleary provides description and background but lets the Crow star knowledge unfold through the words of contemporary tribal elders, whose narratives describe the origins and organization of the universe and the history of constellations that have special religious interpretation and history. A valuable contribution to the study of Native American theology as well as an important record of Crow oral traditions

Paperback: 127 pages

Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (November 1996)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0881339245

ISBN-13: 978-0881339246

Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches

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Weight 1.00 lbs
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