More Moons and Seasons

moon2A year, for Plains Indians and many other Native American peoples, began with the first snow in the autumn. They measured time by moons and the seasons when certain events of nature took place. Here are more examples:

Zuni (New Mexico in the Southwest)

Jan    When limbs of trees are broken by snow
Feb    No snow in trails
Mar   Little sand storm
Apr    Great sand storm
May   No name
Jun    Turning moon
Jul     When limbs of trees are broken by fruit
Sep    When corn is harvested
Oct     Big wind moon
Dec    When Sun has traveled home to rest

Omaha (Central Plains)

Jan    When snow drifts into tipis
Feb    When geese come home
Mar   Little frog moon
Jun    When the buffalo bulls hunt the cows
Jul     When the buffalo bellow
Sep    When the deer paw the earth

Sioux (Great Plains, Dakotas, Nebraska)

Jan    Wolves run together
Feb    Dark red calves
Mar   Sore eye moon
Apr    Red grass appearing
May   Moon when the ponies shed
Jun    Strawberry moon
Jul     Red blooming lilies
Aug   Cherries turn black
Sep    Calves grow hair
Oct    Changing season
Nov   Falling leaves
Dec    When dear shed their horns

For more moon names see previous post:

Photo courtesy NASA

Indian names for moons (from the Western Washington University Planetarium)

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