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Date:11/22/2014 7:32:07 PM
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Moons of the Year, Part II
In my last blog I introduced the topic of the names the First Nations gave to the moons of the year. Tonight I will post the moons of the Siouan nations:

January - Moon of Strong Cold/Frost In The Teepee/Wolves Run Together

February - Raccon Moon/Dark Red Calves

March - Moon When Buffalo Cows Drop Their Calves/Of the Snowblind/Sore Eyes Moon

April - Moon of Greening Grass/Red Grass Appearing

May - Moon When the Ponies Shed

June - Moon of Making Fat/Moon When Green Grass is Up/Strawberry Moon

July - Moon When the Wild Cherries Are Ripe/Red Cherries/Red Blooming Lilies

August - Moon When the Geese Shed Their Feathers/Cherries Turn Black.

September - Moon of Drying Grass/When Calves Grow Hair, or Black Calf/When the Plums are Scarlet

October - Moon of Falling Leaves/Changing Season

November - Moon of the Falling Leaves

December - Moon of Popping Trees/When Deer Shed Their Horns/Buffalo Cow's Fetus is Getting Large

Obviously, the terms for each nation depends on the elements of the environment most important to that tribe. "Frost in the teepee" and the grouping of wolf packs in deep winter are names very appropriate for the Great Plains. Other tribes describe January as the "hunger moon." March describes the snow blindness that the strengthening sun on the snow would cause. I notice how the terms of the Sioux have so much to do about the Bison. Tomorrow, we'll talk about two Eastern First Nations. -- Gary
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