Calendars and Symbolism: Functions of Observation in Hopi Astronomy

@article{McCluskey1990CalendarsAS,
  title={Calendars and Symbolism: Functions of Observation in Hopi Astronomy},
  author={Stephen C. McCluskey},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  year={1990},
  volume={21},
  pages={S1 - S16}
}
  • S. McCluskey
  • Published 1 February 1990
  • Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
.The Hopi orientation bears no relation to North and South, but to the points on his horizon which mark the places of sunrise and sunset at the summer and winter solstices. He invariably begins his ceremonial circuit by pointing (1) to the place ofsunset at the summer solstice,next to (2) the place of sunset at winter solstice, then to (3) the place of sunrise at winter solstice, and (4) the place of sunrise at summer solstice &c &c ... (Alexander M. Stephen, letter to J. Walter Fewkes, Tewa… 

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