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The Arctic sky : Inuit astronomy, star lore, and legend
MacDonald, John, 1940-
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Toronto : Royal Ontario Museum/Nunavut Research Institute, 1998.
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ix, 313 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Artic sky -- Universe -- Stars, constellations, and planets -- Sun, moon, and eclipses -- Atmosphere -- Navigation -- Time -- ch. 8. Igloolik legends -- Inuktitut transcriptions -- Selected legends.
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Central Library QB33.A7 M32 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An exploration of the arctic sky -- its constellations, legends and mythology, the sun, moon, planets, and 'shooting stars, ' as well as atmospheric phenomena such as aurora borealis. Combining interviews with the Inuit elders and the historical records of arctic explorers and other keen observers, The Arctic Sky is a guided tour of the arctic universe.

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MacDonald's impressively documented work fills a long-neglected niche in the study of multicultural constellation scholarship. Largely based on interviews with Inuit elders, this volume traces the exceedingly rich star lore and astronomical folklore of the Arctic peoples. Richly illustrated, the work clearly demonstrates the deep connection between these peoples and the cosmos. These native stories provide a refreshing contrast to similar traditional Greek and Roman constellation mythology. Strongly recommended for public schools, this volume should become a valuable resource for teachers endeavoring to enrich the multicultural component of sciences courses. Amateur astronomers and lovers of the history of astronomy will find this volume engaging in its approach to preserving the astronomical traditions of the Arctic peoples. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; professionals. K. Larsen; Central Connecticut State University

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