Indigenous Astronomy


Andrews, Munya. (2004). The seven sisters of the Pleiades: Stories from around the world. Melbourne: Spinifex Press.

Bakich, Michael. (1995). The Cambridge guide to the constellations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Bhathal, Ragbir, & Bhathal, Jenny. (2006). Australian backyard astronomy. Canberra: National Library of Australia.

Bhathal, Ragbir, & White, Graeme. (1991). Under the Southern Cross. Kenthurst: Kangaroo Press Pty Ltd.

Burra, Laksar. (2001). Spirit of the night sky. Marlston, SA: JB Books.

Cairns, Hugh, & Harney, Bill. (2003). Dark sparklers. Merimbula, NSW: Hugh Cairns.

Haynes, Raymond, Haynes, Roslynn, Malin, David, & McGee, Richard, (1996), Explorers of the Southern Sky, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Johnson, Dianne. (1998). Night skies of Aboriginal Australia. Sydney: University of Sydney (Oceania Monograph 47).

Morieson, John. (1996). The night sky of the Boorong. Master of Arts thesis, University of Melbourne.

Morieson, John. (2002). Stars over Tyrrell: The night sky of the Boorong. The author.

Norris, Ray, & Norris, Cilla. (2009). Emu dreaming: An introduction to Australian Aboriginal astronomy. Sydney: Emu Dreaming. 

Rai, M., & Morieson, John. (1995). The lore of the sky people. The authors.

Ridpath, Ian, & Tirion, Wil.(2000). Collins guide to the stars and planets (3rd Edition). Collins, Glasgow

Tindale, Norman B., & Twindale, C.R., Tyler, M.J., & Davies, M., (Eds) 1986, Ideas and Endeavours: The Natural Sciences in South Australia, Adelaide.

Wilson, Worawee Emma, & McPherson, Kaye. (1993). Veta: A Tasmanian Aboriginal dreamtime story. Lindisfarne, Tas.: Manuta Puggaluggalia Publishers.


Bhathal, Ragbir. (2006). Astronomy in Aboriginal culture. A & G, 47, October, 5.27-5.30.

Bhathal, Ragbir. (2008). Astronomy for Aboriginal students. A & G, 49, June, 3.27-3.29.

Brennan, Bridget. (2010). Sparklers reveal ancient stories. Australian Geographic, 97, 47.

Clarke, Philip. (1990). Adelaide Aboriginal Cosmology. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia .

Curnow, Paul. (2006). Night skies of the 'Dreaming'. Sky & Space, March/April, 40-48.

Curnow, Paul. (2009). Adnyamathanha night skies. Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of South Australia, June, 12-14.

Goldsmith, J. (1999). The emu in the sky. Australian Geographic, 55, 19.

Johnson, Dianne. (2005). The southern night sky. In Arthur & Morphy (Eds.), Macquarie atlas of Indigenous Australia, Sydney: Macquarie Library.

Norris, Ray. (2007). Searching for the astronomy of Aboriginal Australians. Conference Proceedings, 1-8.

Stanbridge, Wm. Edward. (1857). On the Astronomy and Mythology of the Aborigines of Victoria. Proceedings of the Philosophical Institute , Melbourne.

Australian websites

Aboriginal astronomy   

Australian Aboriginal Astronomy

Cairns, Hugh, & Harney, Bill. (2003). 
Dark sparklers.
Merimbula, NSW: Hugh Cairns.

Emu Dreaming (book site)

Emu Dreaming: The Australian Aboriginal astronomy project

Starlore - Paul Curnow

Teaching resources

Aboriginal perspectives on planets 

Astronomy and Australian Indigenous People (Adele Pring)  

Indigenous astronomers (Michael Michie

O'Brien, M.L. (1990). The legend of the seven sisters. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Malcolm, C. (1995). There's an emu in the sky. Carlton, Vic.: Curriculum Corporation.

The Sun and the Moon - some Aboriginal perspectives and activities

Maori Astronomy

Here are a few websites which look at Maori astronomy and Matariki in particular. Matariki is the Maori name for the Pleiades.

ISAAC, the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture

Native American astronomy
Anishinaabe Star Knowledge

Turtle Mountain astroastronomy

Mayan astronomy page

Inca astronomy
A TV program looked at the work of William Sullivan in deciphering messages left by the Incas through Catholic priests among the Spanish invaders of South America. The following two websites refer to the television program and his book.

Scientific American Brasil: Etnoastronomia 

According to John Morieson, the only problem is that it is only in Brazilian Portuguese, otherwise it is a great overview of some significant ethnoastronomy from a number of locations. Two local journos used the Boorong material (from north west Victoria) and their graphic artist did an excellent rendition of the Boorong constellations.

(Website in Portuguese:



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