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Night skies of Aboriginal Australia : a noctuary

Author: Dianne Johnson
Publisher: [Sydney, N.S.W.] : University of Sydney, 1998.
Series: Oceania monographs, no. 47.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, beliefs and practices associated with the night sky - astonomy; cosmology - sky dome and its support, access to the sky world and the land of the dead; star stories; seasonal calendars - illustrates calendars from Miriam, Mabuiag and Mwalang Islands, Gagadju and Yaraldi; marine and terrestrial navigation; sky maps from the Torres Strait; mythology - sun, moon, stars -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Johnson, Dianne.
Night skies of Aboriginal Australia.
[Sydney, N.S.W.] : University of Sydney, 1998
(OCoLC)607558703
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dianne Johnson
ISBN: 186451356X 9781864513561
OCLC Number: 39150535
Description: 147 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Oceania monographs, no. 47.
Responsibility: Dianne Johnson.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, beliefs and practices associated with the night sky - astonomy; cosmology - sky dome and its support, access to the sky world and the land of the dead; star stories; seasonal calendars - illustrates calendars from Miriam, Mabuiag and Mwalang Islands, Gagadju and Yaraldi; marine and terrestrial navigation; sky maps from the Torres Strait; mythology - sun, moon, stars - Pleiades (seven sisters stories), Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds, dark areas (emu stories); recent Aboriginal writing about the night sky; review of literature on Aboriginal astronomy; sky maps and kinship relations - Aranda and other traditions; association with healing and magic; astronomical knowledge - star movements, eclipses, halos, Aurora Australis, comets, meteorites, earthshine, crepuscular rays; illustrations of bark paintings depicting celestial phenomena; contact history and the changing mythology of the sky; Appendix 1 - constellations and associated mythology.

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