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.
Contributor(s): Anderson, Ghillar Michael [contributor.] | Barsa, John [contributor.] | Bosun, David [contributor.] | Day, Ron [contributor.] | Passi, Segar [contributor.] | Tapim, Alo [contributor.]Material type: TextPublisher: Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2022Copyright date: ©2022Description: xiv, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps, colour portraits ; 24 cmContent type: cartographic image | still image | text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781760877200Subject(s): Astronomy, Aboriginal Australian | Ethnoastronomy -- Popular works | Constellations | Galaxies | Stars | Astronomy | Southern sky (Astronomy) | Aboriginal Australians -- History | Torres Strait Islanders -- History | Indigenous peoples -- History | Aboriginal Australians -- Folklore | Solar systemDDC classification: 520.89
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-280) and index.
The First Astronomers is the first book to reveal the rich knowledge of the stars and the planets held by First Peoples around the world. 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.