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Costanoan Astronomy from the Notes of John P. Harrington


Although Harrington's notes on Costanoan astronomy are unfortunately brief and cryptic, they nonetheless indicate that these people shared in a number of concepts about the sky found among the Chumash to the south and the Pomo to the north. Given the complexity of astronomical knowledge known for both of these groups, it would suggest that the centrally positioned Costanoan very probably possessed a similar complexity. Perhaps additional Harrington notes will be found to provide further insight into this question.

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