The Astronomy of Many Cultures: A Resource Guide


Astronomy-in-Ancient-CulturesThe teaching of astronomy in our colleges and high schools often sidesteps the contributions of
cultures outside of Europe and the U.S. white mainstream. Few educators (formal or informal) receive
much training in this area, and they therefore tend to stick to people and histories they know from their
own training — even when an increasing number of their students or audiences might be from cultures
beyond those familiar to them. Luckily, a wealth of material is becoming available to help celebrate the
ideas and contributions of non-European cultures regarding our views of the universe.
This listing of resources about cultures and astronomy makes no claim to be comprehensive, but
simply consists of some English-language materials that can be used both by educators and their students
or audiences. This document includes published and web-based materials, plus videos and classroom activities. In this edition, we have made a particular effort to enlarge resources about African-American and Hispanic
American astronomers.

Table of Contents:
1. General Resources on the Astronomy of Diverse Cultures
2. Astronomy of African-American Cultures
3. Astronomy of Hispanic-American Cultures
4. Astronomy of Native North American Cultures
5. Astronomy of African Cultures
6. Astronomy of Islamic Cultures
7. Astronomy of Central and South American Cultures
8. Astronomy of Hawaiian, Polynesian, and Native Australian Cultures
9. Astronomy of Asian Cultures
Appendix A. Reports and Articles on Achieving Greater Diversity in Science
Appendix B. Astronomy of Ancient European Cultures

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