The First Astronomers


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Foreword: Professor Marcia Langton
1. Star Knowledge
2. The Nearest Star
3. The Moon
4. The Wandering Stars
5. The Twinkling Stars
6. The Seasonal Stars
7. The Variable Stars
8. The Cataclysmic Stars
9. The Navigational Stars
10. The Falling Stars
Glossary of astronomical terms

About the Author

Duane Hamacher is Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He earned graduate degrees in astrophysics and the social sciences and has appeared on TEDx, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, and many other high profile local and international programs. He serves as an expert consultant for UNESCO and works for Indigenous elders in the Torres Strait and around the world to document traditional star knowledge for educational programs and public understanding.

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'Challenges Western notions of science as the only true measure of reality and truth. It treats Indigenous astronomy - and, by extension, Indigenous culture more broadly - not as an anthropological curiosity, but as a sophisticated and living body of knowledge that contains within it a radically different idea of human beings' place within nature.' - The Australian

'Stunning in scope, impressive in detail and accessible in style' - The Conversation

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