Sharing the Skies : Navajo Astronomy

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-02
  • Publisher: Ingram Book Co

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Sharing the Skies provides a look at traditional Navajo astronomy, including their constellations and the unique way in which Navajo people view the cosmos and their place within it. In addition, this book offers a comparison of the Navajo astronomy with the Greek (Western) perceptions. Beautifully illustrated with original paintings from a Navajo artist and scientifically enhanced with NASA photography.

Author Biography

Nancy C. MaryBoy is a Cherokee/Navajo scholar working in the area of Indigenous Science, with a focus on astronomy. She is the President and Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Institute located in Bluff, Utah and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She teaches Indigenous Astronomy at Northern Arizona University. She works with NASA educational outreach projects and with University of California, Berkeley, Space Science Labs on National Science Foundation projects. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Juan Island, Washington. David Begay is a scholar and member of the Navajo Nation, and one of the founders of the Indigenous Education Institute. He works with University of California, Berkeley, Space Science Labs in areas of Western and Indigenous science with support from NASA and the National Science Foundation. He lives on the Navajo Nation and works as an independent contractor with federal, state, tribal, and corporate entities.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
How to Use This Bookp. 8
Introductionp. 11
Introduction to Navajo Astronomyp. 11
Introduction to Greek Astronomyp. 19
Introduction to Space Sciencep. 24
Comparative Astronomyp. 33
Nhook&ocedil;s Constellationp. 33
Nhook&ocedil;s Bo'ka'/Ursa Majorp. 34
Nhook&ocedil;s Bi'd/Cassiopeiap. 36
Nhook&ocedil;s Bik&ocedil;'/Polarisp. 38
Dilyh/Pleidesp. 40
Hubble: Barnard's Merope Nebula, IC 349p. 43
ts Ets' z/Orionp. 45
Hubble: Horsehead Nebulap. 48
Hastiin Sik'a'i/Corvusp. 49
ts Etsoh/Scorpius, top halfp. 51
Gah Hahat'ee/Scorpius, lower halfp. 53
Yiksdh/The Milky Wayp. 55
Ii'ni/Pegasus and Leop. 57
Shash/Sagittariusp. 63
Tsetah Dib/Cancerp. 66
Hubble: Star AU Microscopiip. 68
T&lstroke;ish Tsoh/Canis Majorp. 70
Ma'ii Biz&ocedil;'/Argo Navisp. 72
Hubble: The Eagle Nebulap. 75
Jo'hanaa'/The Sunp. 76
T&lstroke;'honaa'/The Moonp. 82
Calendrical Comparison: Navajo and Western Monthsp. 85
Resourcesp. 87
Glossaryp. 87
Navajo Pronunciation Guidep. 89
Constellation Location Guidep. 90
Selected Bibliographyp. 90
Acknowledgmentsp. 92
Art and Photography Creditsp. 93
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