1 ayaapeensa kiilhswa (2018)

November 10, 2018

noonki kaahkiihkwe aahsanteeki neepanki (38) ahsenisiipionki.

aahsanteeki

noonki peehkonteeki saakiwa ayaapeensa kiilhswa (keešaakosita).

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Ayaapeensa Kiilhswa (Young Buck Moon) is one of two lunar months named for White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus). To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with the beginning of the rut (breeding cycle) for White-tailed Deer.

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ayaapeensa (young White-tailed buck)*

In some years, the younger males lose their antlers by the end of this month.  Today, there is a lot of variation within the White-tailed Deer populations regarding when bucks drop their antlers. It appears that historically, the young White-tailed Deer bucks dropped their antlers first. The loss of antlers marks the end of the rut (the breeding cycle) for these younger male deer.

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*photo from Michigan State University – http://deer.fw.msu.edu/management/history.php/

The arrival of teekwahkahki ‘frost’ signals the end of niipinwiki ‘summer’ and the beginning of peepoonki ‘winter.’ The hard frost occurs during the period of seasonal transition called teekwaakiki ‘autumn’ in Myaamiaataweenki. This frost typically kills off the last of the green growth on plants and animals start to become less active. From a Myaamia cultural perspective, the dormancy of amphibians, especially tree frogs, is a key indicator of peepoonki.

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aašoošiwia neehi teekwahkahki ‘nettle and frost’

The decreased temperatures that arrive with peepoonki ‘winter’ also make thunderstorms far less common. From a Myaamia point of view, there is an important cultural connection between the arrival of teekwahkahki ‘frost,’ the quieting of the frogs, and the absence of regular thunderstorms; together these things indicate that it is time to tell aalhsoohkaana ‘winter stories.’

26 kiiyolia kiilhswa (2018)

November 6, 2018

noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi aalhkwahki tikawi ceeliteeki (60) ahsenisiipionki. noonki peehkonteeki kati tahkanwi (38).

noonki peehkonteeki myaalisiwa kiiyolia kiilhswa (peemineeta)

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20 kiiyolia kiilhswa (2018)

October 31, 2018

noonki kaahkiihkwe aalhkwahki šeepilaanki tikawi ceelitweeki (63) ahsenisiipionki.

noonki peehkonteeki napale neepiki (peemineeta)

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