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The first astronomers : how Indigenous elders read the stars / Duane Hamacher ; with elders and knowledge holders, Ghillar Michael Anderson, John Barsa, David Bosun, Ron Day, Segar Passi, Alo Tapim.

The first astronomers : how Indigenous elders read the stars / Duane Hamacher ; with elders and knowledge holders, Ghillar Michael Anderson, John Barsa, David Bosun, Ron Day, Segar Passi, Alo Tapim.
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ISBN 9781760877200
Author Hamacher, Duane W. (author)
Title The first astronomers : how Indigenous elders read the stars / Duane Hamacher ; with elders and knowledge holders, Ghillar Michael Anderson, John Barsa, David Bosun, Ron Day, Segar Passi, Alo Tapim.
Publisher &/or associated date/s Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2022.
©2022.
Description xiv, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- 1. Star knowledge -- 2. The nearest star -- 3. The Moon -- 4. The wandering stars -- 5. The twinkling stars -- 6. The seasonal stars -- 7. The variable stars -- 8. The cataclysmic stars -- 9. The navigational stars -- 10. The falling stars -- Epilogue.
Summary "Our eyes have been drawn away from the skies to our screens. We no longer look to the stars to forecast the weather, predict the seasons or plant our gardens. Most of us cannot even see the Milky Way. But First Nations Elders around the world still maintain this knowledge, and there is much we can learn from them. These Elders are expert observers of the stars. They teach that everything on the land is reflected in the sky, and everything in the sky is reflected on the land. How does this work, and how can we better understand our place in the universe? Guided by six First Nations Elders, Duane Hamacher takes us on a journey across space and time to reveal the wisdom of the first astronomers. These living systems of knowledge challenge conventional ideas about the nature of science and the longevity of oral tradition. Indigenous science is dynamic, adapting to changes in the skies and on Earth, pointing the way for a world facing the profound disruptions of climate change." -- Back cover.
Subjects Aboriginal Australian -- Religion
Indigenous peoples -- History
Southern sky (Astronomy)
Astronomy, Aboriginal Australian
Astronomy
Constellations
Galaxies
Stars
Aboriginal Australian -- Folklore
Aboriginal Australians -- Folklore
Aboriginal Australians -- History
Torres Strait Islanders -- History
Ethnoastronomy
Solar system
Other Authors &/or Associated Persons Anderson, Ghillar Michael (contributor)
Barsa, John (contributor)
Bosun, David (contributor)
Day, Ron (contributor)
Passi, Segar (contributor)
Tapim, Alo (contributor)
Call number 2022.110
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