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  • By: Duane Hamacher
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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The First Astronomers is the first book to reveal the rich knowledge of the stars and the planets held by First Peoples around the world. 

Our eyes have been drawn away from the skies to our screens. We no longer look to the stars to forecast the weather, predict the seasons or plant our gardens. Most of us cannot even see the Milky Way. But First Nations Elders around the world still maintain this knowledge, and there is much we can learn from them. 

These Elders are expert observers of the stars. They teach that everything on the land is reflected in the sky, and everything in the sky is reflected on the land. How does this work, and how can we better understand our place in the universe? 

Guided by six First Nations Elders, Duane Hamacher takes us on a journey across space and time to reveal the wisdom of the first astronomers. These living systems of knowledge challenge conventional ideas about the nature of science and the longevity of oral tradition. Indigenous science is dynamic, adapting to changes in the skies and on Earth, pointing the way for a world facing the profound disruptions of climate change. 

©2022 Duane Hamacher (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"This book marks a profound paradigm shift in our understanding of Indigenous scientific traditions, how they are transmitted, and their relevance to life today. A magnificent accomplishment." (Professor Marcia Langton, University of Melbourne)

"A groundbreaking book of enormous scope." (Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate in physics)

"A glimpse into Indigenous ways of reading landscapes reflected in the night sky through ancient processes of inquiry." (Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk)

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A must-read for any budding astronomer

A thorough and insightful journey through traditional star knowledges. The detail is expansive, covering understanding across cultures in what is now known as Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere around the world. Strongly recommended.

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once is not enough!

My favourite book this year, recommend highly to anyone interested in astronomy. Great fusion between western/ modern and indigenous/ ancient observations and 'translation' for understanding.

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Brilliant

Finally an astronomers book I can get my head around and really get that feeling we know so little, there is so much fun by just looking up and paying attention to what really is the ultimate!

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