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by George E. Lankford

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  • ISBN 0817315683
  • ISBN13 978-0817315689
  • Language English
  • Author George E. Lankford
  • Publisher University Alabama Press; First edition (August 5, 2007)
  • Pages 368
  • Formats mobi azw txt lrf
  • Category Social Science
  • Subcategory Social Sciences
  • Size ePub 1148 kb
  • Size Fb2 1607 kb
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Modern Westerners say the lights in the sky are stars, but culturally they are whatever we humans say they are. Some say they are Forces that determine human lives, some declare they are burning gaseous masses, and some see them as reminders of a gloried past by which elders can teach and guide the young—mnemonics for narratives. Lankford’s volume focuses on the ancient North Americans and the ways they identified, patterned, ordered, and used the stars to light their culture and illuminate their traditions. They knew them as regions that could be visited by human spirits, and so the lights for them were not distant points of light, but “reachable stars.” Guided by the night sky and its constellations, they created oral traditions, or myths, that contained their wisdom and which they used to pass on to succeeding generations their particular world view. However, they did not all tell the same stories. This study uses that fact—patterns of agreement and disagreement—to discover prehistoric relationships between Indian groups. Which groups saw a constellation in the same way and told the same story? How did that happen? Although these preliterate societies left no written records, the mythic patterns across generations and cultures enable contemporary researchers to examine the differences in how they understood the universe—not as early scientists, but as creators of cosmic order. In the process of doing that, the myth-tellers left the footprints of their international cultural relationships behind them. Reachable Stars is the story of their stories.

George E. Lankford is Professor Emeritus at Lyon College where he served as endowed professor and chair of Social Sciences.

George E. He has authored numerous books and articles, including Looking for Lost Lore: Studies in Folklore, Ethnology, and Iconography.

The ogist, George Lankford, demonstrates what can be learned from oral constellation myths transcribed into written texts collected since the seventeenth century among the native tribes of eastern North America. Like ceramic designs, myths exhibit historical aspects that can be discerned, as they change through time to suit the needs of the societies through which they have been transmitted. To the question, Are there different astronomical traditions as defined via use of constellations?, Lankford responds with a convincing 'yes.

According to many authors, including Claude Lévi-Strauss (1971a) and George E. Lankford (2007), beliefs surrounding this constellation are particularly likely to be rooted in a very early period.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Guided by the night sky and its constellations, they created oral traditions, or myths, that contained their wisdom and which they used to pass on to succeeding generations their particular world view.

by George E. Lankford.

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