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Date:7/31/2014 6:46:57 PM
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Moons of the Year, Part I
Tonight a magnificant harvest moon is rising in a crystal clear sky as I write this. My friend, "The Farm Wife" was telling me about planting and doing other gardening tasks according to the moon, or phase of the moon. "The Farmer's Almanac" has all sorts of information on this, she says. Well, I plan on buying the Almanac next year and I will give all this some consideration. Up here in N.E. Wisconsin, there's a widespread belief that the coldest weather occurs at the full moon. This belief doesn't take into account that it's the same full moon all over the Earth and that somewhere it must be warm, but to be fair, it should only be taken to apply to our neck of the woods. Also, I remember many beautifully warm full moonlit nights here in the Autumn and spring. In the winter, however, when it's clear weather and when the full moon is most noticable, it is almost always bitterly cold as the lack of cloud cover allows any daylight heating to disappear out into space. I believe this last is the reason for the assumption stated above.

The American Indians, or Native Americans, or First Nations people, a term my cousin Lauren Deblois, (a modern day metis if there ever was one) would approve of, had their own names for the moons of each month. Keep in mine that there are twelve months and thirteen moon cycles during each year. While some nations, like the Abenaki, include the extra moon somewhere in their yearly cycle, other simply recognize that there is a "blue moon' at some point during each particular year.

I will post in future blogs the names of the moons for three representative nations. The first is the Sioux (Dakota). I picked this one because the Dakota/Lakota are one of the most widely known of the First Nations and because of their historical significance, have had the most outside research done on their languages and customs: You will notice that two or three terms are given for each month. This is because terms from some of the subnations, such as the Oglala or Santee, have been included:
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