The astronomy of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples and their neighbours

Robert S. Fuller, Ray P. Norris, Michelle Trudgett

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Abstract

The Kamilaroi people and their neighbours, the Euahlayi, Ngemba and Murrawarri, are an Aboriginal cultural grouping located in north-west and north central New South Wales. They have a rich history, but have been missed in much of the literature concerning sky knowledge in culture. This study collected stories, some not previously reported in an academic format, from Aboriginal people practising their culture, augmented with stories from the literature, and analysed the data to create a database of sky knowledge that will be added to the larger body of Aboriginal cultural knowledge in Australia. We found that there is a strong sky culture reflected in the stories, and we explored the stories for evidence of an ethnoscientific approach to knowledge of the sky.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-27
Number of pages25
JournalAustralian Aboriginal Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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