Star Maps and Travelling to Ceremonies: the Euahlayi People and Their Use of the Night Sky

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National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT)
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 2014, 17 (2), pp. 149 - 160
Issue Date:
2014
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The Euahlayi people are an Aboriginal Australian language group located in north-central New South Wales and south-central Queensland. They have a rich culture of astronomy and use of the night sky in resource management. Like several other Aboriginal peoples, they did not travel extensively at night, and so were assumed not to use the night sky for navigation. This study has confirmed that they, like most other Aboriginal groups, travelled extensively outside their own country for purposes of trade and ceremonies. We also found previously unpublished evidence that they used „star maps‟ in the night sky for learning and remembering waypoints along their routes of travel, but not for actual navigation.
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