The Great Canoes in the Sky

Starlore and Astronomy of the South Pacific

  • Stephen Robert Chadwick
  • Martin Paviour-Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 1-33
  3. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 35-52
  4. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 53-66
  5. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 67-99
  6. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 101-122
  7. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 123-149
  8. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 151-180
  9. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 181-196
  10. Stephen Robert Chadwick, Martin Paviour-Smith
    Pages 197-212
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 213-233

About this book

Introduction

Presenting spectacular photographs of astronomical objects of the southern sky, all taken by author Stephen Chadwick, this book explores what peoples of the South Pacific see when they look up at the heavens and what they have done with this knowledge. From wives killing brothers to emus rising out of the desert and great canoes in the sky, this book offers the perfect blend of science, tradition and mythology to bring to life the most famous sights in the heavens above the southern hemisphere. 

The authors place this starlore in the context of contemporary understandings of astronomy. The night sky of southern societies is as rich in culture as it is in stars. Stories, myths and legends based on constellations, heavenly bodies and other night sky phenomena have played a fundamental role in shaping the culture of pre-modern civilizations throughout the world. Such starlore continues to influence societies throughout the Pacific to this day, with cultures throughout the region – from Australia and New Zealand in the south to New Guinea and Micronesia in the north - using traditional cosmology as a means of interpreting various aspects of everyday life.

Keywords

Aborigine Astronomy Maori Astronomy Maori Culture Matariki Meanings of Southern Constellations New Zealand Native Culture South Pacific Anthropology South Pacific Archaeastronomy South Pacific Ethnoastronomy Southern Sky Mythology Starlore of the Southern Hemisphere

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Robert Chadwick
    • 1
  • Martin Paviour-Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand
  2. 2.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22623-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22622-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22623-1
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