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.
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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.
Neewi George. Your lessons are always good.