In modern America, we refer to the constellation that points to the North Star--the only star that does not appear to move--as the Big Dipper. An old Bengali holy man referred to it as the Question Mark. In antebellum America, slaves, on their way north and to freedom, called it the Drinking Gourd.
Check out the picture of Pete Seeger, on the left, with the banjo. Rather harmless looking dude, right?
He was considered a dangerous Communist! And why did he sing slave songs?