Native Americans are very in tune with the passing of seasons. Many of their names have become part of American culture. The moon name set is one of these enrichments.
The year for the Native American began with the renewal of life each spring, after the winter had released its grip. This traditionally happened around March. Each moon after that was given a name and celebrated for its own special features.
Maple Sugar Moon
The first moon marked the rebirth of the land, and the delicious maple sugar that trees gave as a present. The migrating birds began returning.
Moon of the Peeping Frogs
Yup, little baby frogs were a sure sign that spring was here.
Corn Planting Moon
Itīs time to begin the yearly planting of corn and other vegetables, to sustain the tribe.
By now itīs June, and time for love. Romantic trysts and strawberry festivals were held.
The first harvests are coming in, of the young vegetables. Berries, too, are in season. Always a good thing to celebrate!
Moon of the Hot Suns
Time to kick back and relax a bit - thereīs plenty of food, plenty of time, and a sluggish aspect to the world.
Yup, the harvest! Time to give thanks for the bounty that was brought in, to celebrate the results of the hard work from previous months.
Moon of the Falling Leaves
Now fall is starting to come on, and the leaves are painting the world with brilliant colors.
The deer are no longer in mating season, and the nights are cool, so itīs a great time to hunt for some meat to sustain the tribe.
More meat-related activities, as beaver are trapped to provide pelts and food for the coming winter.
Winter is approaching with ice and snow.
Wolves in winter are a common part of American Indian culture. In fact the Mohegan tribe is named after wolves. This is the time of year that wolves get hungry, and become a respected foe.
Snow Wading Moon
Winter is ending, but often its coats the world in snow before it turns the world back over to spring.
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