Hopi and Puebloan Ethnoastronomy and Ethnoscience

  • Stephen C. McCluskeyEmail author
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The puebloan peoples developed a framework derived from their astronomical observations that was based on the four directions (usually the solstitial directions) plus the above and the below. This framework not only guided their astronomical observations but was extended into a cosmological structure that was used to organize a wide range of natural phenomena that were ritually or economically important.


Astronomical Observation Cardinal Direction Summer Solstice Winter Solstice Sacred Place 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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