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They Dance in the Sky is a collection of Native American sky myths It is a basic introduction into the skylore of the first Americans retelling American Indian folklore and tales of mythology They are allegories or parables written in the English language collected by scholars in the late 19th early 20th centuries The stories tell tales of many different things such as how to act or obey the customs of a tribe why things are the way they are or how we came to be Generally they are standards to live by The myths in the book are from many different tribes throughout the United States Most of them have never been published before this They are stories of the night skys stars and constellations Traditionally Native Americans believe that humans are an integral part of nature and should live in harmony with it If people want to learn how to live they must carefully observe the rules and cycles of the natural world The book is divided into chapters mainly according to tribe The first two however concentrate on specific stellar patterns The rest of the book is divided into the area of the country the tribes were settled and then separates the stories by specific tribes The first chapter focuses on Pleidas a small but important cluster of stars It is relatively faint but easily recognisable and helped many groups in defining a calendar In the United States it disappears in early spring which symbolises that its time for the beginning of the planting season Its reappearance in June means that its the end of it Native Americans knew that the seeds needed to be planted immediately or they wouldnt mature before the autumn frost Pleidas is easy to pick out The first chapter shows how different tribes interpreted this constellation in different ways Some of them include seven stars with one of them being fainter than the rest Other tribes only
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