Ethnoastronomy

The _Journal of Folklore Research_ has posted a [review][] of George E. Lankford’s _Reachable Stars: Patterns in the Ethnoastronomy of Eastern North America_ (University of Alabama Press, 2007). Here’s the lead paragraph:

> For millennia, humans everywhere have created a diverse body of imaginative narratives and images to make sense of the night sky’s canopy of stars. In _Reachable Stars_, folklorist-anthropologist George Lankford explores the ways in which North Americans have attempted to find patterns and meaning in the mysterious lights in the sky, from myriad points of light in the Milky Way to the imaginary pictures we call constellations. Lankford’s ambitious and masterful study is marked by breadth, impressive research, and a purposeful, conversational writing style. A valuable contribution to folklore studies, as significant for its approach as for its content, this volume should also appeal to anthropologists, Native American scholars, historians of science, geomythologists, ethnologists, and scholars of archaeoastronomy. Lankford succeeds in writing for “any reader with an enthusiasm for the night sky and human ways of thinking about it” (19).

[review]: http://www.indiana.edu/~jofr/review.php?id=607