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5.0 out of 5 stars North American Indians as Astronomers and Cosmologists, November 20, 2005
This review is from: Living the Sky: The Cosmos of the American Indian (Paperback)
Ray A .Williamson, now of the Space Policy Institute at the George Washington University, has written an important narrative and analysis of the astronomy and cosmology of Native America. Concentrating on the American Southwest and the Great Plains, especially the Pueblo, Navajo, and Pawnee, Williamson carefully reconstructs the astronomy of these native peoples and how those understandings related to the manner in which they lived their lives. He emphasizes the role of archeoastronomy in this process, harnessing history, science, sociology, and anthropology to uncover a long distant and poorly understood past in North America.

Williamson finds that "To live in harmony with the world and its cycles is the goal of traditional Native Americans. Their patterns for living derive from a deeply held attention to the rhythms of the sky and earth" (p. 319). The result is an important study illuminating the Native American view of existence.
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Initial post: Jul 20, 2012, 6:56:29 PM PDT
LG LaDage says:
Living The Sky is as relevant now as when it was published, perhaps more so as many more archaeoastronomy sites are being identified in the American Southwest as well as throughout the Americas. His interpretation of associated rock art sites is worth noting. Bravo, Ray Williamson.
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