Horizon: Where Land Meets Sky
Stars, Sky and Culture
Anthropology: Its Scope and Methods
The world began with what it is now
the fashion to call the "Big Bang"... it could not, of course, have been
a bang of any sort, with no atmosphere to conduct waves of sound, and no
ears. It was something else, occurring in the most absolute silence we
can imagine. It was the Great Light.
LEWIS THOMAS, Late Night
Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony, 1983 quoted by W.H.
Handouts and assignments include observation
and journal requirements for quarter
Week 2 Earth and Sky Chapters
3, 4 and 5
In Class: Some notes on Mayan cosmology
and Popol Vuh text study
Earth and Sky Chapters
1 and 2
Handout: astronomy and Navajo weaving
Week 3 Earth and Sky Chapters
6 and 7
In Class: Critique the language and
perspective of anthropology
Notes on astronomy and Navajo weaving
Films: John Adair "Through Navajo
Week 4 Earth and Sky Chapters
8, 9 and 10
In Class: Sacred Landscape discussion.
Karen Aqua film; Sun Dagger film
Notes on the Venus cycle
Week 5 Earth and Sky Chapter
In Class: Cosmologies of the Pacific
Week 6 Earth and Sky
Chapter 12, 13 and 14
Week 7 Earth and Sky
Chapter 15 and 16
Week 8 Earth and Sky Epilogue
and All of Prehistoric Astronomy in the Southwest.
In Class: Introduction to Archeoastronomy
In Class: Film : Chaco Legacy
Week 9 Prehistoric Astronomy in the Southwest
In Class: Films/Southwest Archaeology
Hand in all papers due for credit
Week 10 Summary/Review/What have you learned?
Format for classes:
6-7: Triad conversations on assigned chapters
7-8: Whole class discussion of books
8-10: Lectures, films, assignments
Requirements for credit:
Attendance. This will be a large class and an attendance sheet will
be passed around.
Because each class is an intensive four hour session, two absences or
more than 10 minutes late four times, no credit. Attendance will be taken
in the first 10 minutes of class.
An observation journal and moon observations worksheets. a. At least
15 entries during the quarter in journal. b. At least one full month of
moon observations over the quarter. (using handout week 1) Journal is to
be typed from your handwritten journal. Pieces of notebook paper, sloppy
work, etc. will not be acceptable. Keep copies. I will not return what
I am given.
Due week nine.
An annotated bibliography of at least 10 entries. Follow guidelines
for annotation and use standard MLA style guidelines. Typed, neatly presented.
Select and review at least 10 articles or books on any culture represented
in either text. Keep copies. I will not return these. Due week nine.
Due week ten
Evaluations. Course only students will receive credit or no credit with
a short paragraph description of the class. Evaluation will note that you
have completed all the work to the standards required. No conferences.
Horizons students should include their own evaluation of their work in
the course in Horizons self-evaluations. Completion of course will be noted
in Horizon faculty evaluations. Again, credit or no credit with a description
of the work completed.