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Living Life's Circle: Mescalero Apache Cosmovision

Claire Farrer

The product of more than fifteen years contact and life with the Mescalero people in southern New Mexico, Living Life's Circle is one of the first works devoted to the emergent new interdiscipline of ethnoastronomy, the study of how the sky and its movements form "templates" for life in particular cultures. Urged by her friend and mentor, the remarkable singer and medicine man Bernard Second, to "Pay attention," Farrer began to recognize a powerful primary metaphor based on acute astronomical observation and its direct relevance to all aspects of Mescalero life.

"Should be read by every student of culture."--M. Jane Young


Claire R. Farrer was visiting professor of Southwest studies at Colorado College and was named the NEH/Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2002-2003, at the University of Hartford, Connecticut.


"An excellent discussion of the relationship between ethnoastronomy and the base metaphor in the Apache world view."


New Mexico Historical Review

"An excellent account of Apache philosophy as seen through their ceremonies."



6 x 9 in. 288 pages 15 drawings, 7 halftones, 17 figs., 1 maps