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National Treasure, and: Spirit Bird Journey (review)

National Treasure, and: Spirit Bird Journey (review) 308 asian perspectives 40 (2) fall 2001 . . largest ships stay in port. Similarly, al- ommend his diagrams (p. 129) of how though some younger sailors can only sail Bugis and Western navigators group the by a magnetic compass, most older sailors same stars into completely di¤erent aster- can still use the stars, wind, and other cues isms as clear examples of the cultural con- from their environment to set courses and struction of navigational astronomy. For steer. And, like sailors elsewhere, at night example, where Westerners see the South- the Bugis still mostly steer by the stars, ern Cross (Crux), the pointer stars (Alpha rather than slavishly trying to follow the and Beta Centauri), and the adjacent coal gyrations of a compass needle. sack, Bugis see window-before-marriage, At the heart of this book are two chap- incomplete house stars, and the goat. ters on navigation. The first is devoted to When Ammarell was conducting his o¤shore navigation in which conceptual study during the early 1990s Indonesia had compasses, one denoted by wind directions enjoyed a long run of stability and eco- and the other by the rising and setting nomic growth, during which time engines points of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

National Treasure, and: Spirit Bird Journey (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 40 (2) – Nov 1, 2001

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308 asian perspectives 40 (2) fall 2001 . . largest ships stay in port. Similarly, al- ommend his diagrams (p. 129) of how though some younger sailors can only sail Bugis and Western navigators group the by a magnetic compass, most older sailors same stars into completely di¤erent aster- can still use the stars, wind, and other cues isms as clear examples of the cultural con- from their environment to set courses and struction of navigational astronomy. For steer. And, like sailors elsewhere, at night example, where Westerners see the South- the Bugis still mostly steer by the stars, ern Cross (Crux), the pointer stars (Alpha rather than slavishly trying to follow the and Beta Centauri), and the adjacent coal gyrations of a compass needle. sack, Bugis see window-before-marriage, At the heart of this book are two chap- incomplete house stars, and the goat. ters on navigation. The first is devoted to When Ammarell was conducting his o¤shore navigation in which conceptual study during the early 1990s Indonesia had compasses, one denoted by wind directions enjoyed a long run of stability and eco- and the other by the rising and setting nomic growth, during which time engines points of

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Published: Nov 1, 2001

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