weehki-kihkatwe! 'It's the Myaamia Lunar New Year!'

Waxing Crescent Moon image from NASA http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/11695
saakiwa mahkoonsa kiilhswa ‘The Young Bear Moon has sprouted!’

With the sprouting of Mahkoonsa Kiilhswa ‘Young Bear Moon’ in the night sky, we can say: “weehki-kihkatwe – It’s the Myaamia Lunar New Year!” Historically, it was during this month that mahkoonsaki ‘black bear cubs’ emerged from their dens for this first time (for more about Mahkoonsa Kiilhswa click here). This signals the beginnings of a series of changes that will bring peepoonki ‘winter’ to an end. By the end of Mahkoonsa Kiilhswa, it will be time to tap Sugar maple trees and begin the sugaring season. If you want to learn more about the Myaamia Lunar Calendar (click here). If you want to learn how to say “weehki-kihkatwe – It’s the Myaamia Lunar New Year!,” just click the phrase and the link will take you to the online dictionary.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Teresa Bradskey says:

    Neewi George. Your lessons are always good.

  2. jcannest says:

    niiloona teepi kiišhtoo siihsipaahkwi oowaaha mahkoteeyonki naapiši
    In a normal year we get a good freeze thaw cycle that normally starts in
    early February in the mountains on the East side of the Palouse Prairie.

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