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  1. The Stars We Know: Crow Indian Astronomy and Lifeways
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  2. The Stars We Know: Crow Indian Astronomy and Lifeways

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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.

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In the New Age, hanging out with the 'star people' is one of the favorite activities of the cotton-candy fluff crowd. Instead of the superficial 'sweetness and light' one finds in that type of approach, Tim McCleary documents the words of the Crow people themselves. An anthropologist, he speaks the Crow language, and he was also adopted into a Crow family, where knowledge of the stars is usually passed on only through family membership ties. He also teaches at the Crow college, Little Big Horn College [...]

The foreword by Claire Farrer is an education in itself, being a survey of many of the major works on native peoples, their astronomical systems, and what those systems tell us about the native cultures. Many explore quite in depth how those cultures not only viewed life, but used the stars and constellations in a way that had an impact on their daily lives, particularly when it came to planting and harvesting crops. She does however leave out Anthony Aveni, the... Read more
I had bought this for a class and was very pleased with the info. But what pleased me even more was the fact that it is not a huge book. Knowing you do not have to read such a huge book for a class makes it that much more enjoyable to read. But overall, found the content very interesting and was extremely happy with being assigned this book to read.
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