The Great Canoes in the Sky - Starlore and Astronomy of the South Pacific
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Relates the starlore of the various indigenous cultures of the South Pacific, which has not previously been examined in a science book
Combines an anthropological approach with observations drawn from modern science and philosophical discourse about astrophotography
Includes many new astrophotographs by renowned astrophotographer Stephen Chadwick specifically taken to complement the starlore and astronomy discussed
Martin Paviour-Smith is a lecturer in linguistics at Massey University, New Zealand, with a speciality in language and culture in the South Pacific. He has worked and lived with indigenous peoples of the region describing the language and collecting stories and traditions from various cultures. He has a longstanding interest in the stars, particularly in what cultures do with their knowledge of the sky above them. He has published widely in the fields of socio- and applied linguisitics, and in cultural studies.
Stephen Chadwick lectures in astronomy and the philosophy of science at Massey University, New Zealand. He is also an astro-photographer and in 2013 co-authored the Springer-published book Imaging the Southern Sky, which contained over 150 of his astronomical images. His images have also appeared in scholarly scientific journals worldwide (including Keele University’s Magellanic Clouds Newsletter and the Journal of the RASNZ) as well as popular astronomy magazines such as Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, the BBC’s Sky at Night magazine, Astronomy Now, and The Observatory. They have also appeared on the BBC and NZ television, as well as in national and international newspapers.
"This book is a significant step in the recovery of a very important astronomical knowledge and tradition of a past civilization, that of the variety of the populations that colonized the Pacific Ocean. ... The book is packed with many beautiful illustrations, pictures, photos, and maps which help the understanding of the text and are also pleasing to the eye, and it fits the needs of the interested general readers, as well as those of the professionals in the field." (Alberto Vecchiato, aaa-alb.blogspot.it, July 2017)
"The star lore and constellations of the Pacific are introduced in a very organized fashion. ... It is interesting to both read about the canoes as constellations, who and why is said to maybe be travelling by them, etc. ... It's a fascinating book where the different layers of what one can think, and know about the night sky are presented at about the same level, not making one side of it more prevalent than the other." (AstroMadness.com, January, 2017)