noonki kaahkiihkwe peehki ceeliteeki (94) toopalanki tikawi aalahkwahki ahsenisiipionki.

noonki peehkonteeki kiinte waawiyiisita (peemineeta).

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neemani-nko kati kiišiinkwia kiilhswa? tookinanto oowaaha -> kiišiinkwia kiilhswa

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noonki kaahkiihkwe ceeliteeki (85) tikawi aalhkwahki ahsenisiipionki.

noonki peehkonteeki saakiwa paaphsaahka niipinwiki (keešaakosita). kapootwe kati pahsaahkaahkanka.

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neemani-nko kati paaphsaahka niipinwiki? tookinanto oowaaha -> paaphsaahka niipinwiki

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paaphsaahka niipinwiki is the fifth month of the Myaamia lunar calendar. It is named for it’s position at the mid point of neepinwiki ‘summer.’  It is usually during this month that there is a pause in the agriculture cycle.  The hard work of clearing, preparing, and planting was usually finished by this time of the summer and villages filled the down time before harvest with games, dances, and other social gatherings.  It is during paaphsaahka niipinwi that pahsaahkaahkanka ‘the summer solstice’ occurs.  The longest day of the year marks the center of summer and serves as the anchor point of our lunar calendar.  Every three years or so, we insert waawiita kiilhswa ‘the Lost Moon’ in order to ensure that pahsaahkaahkanka continues to fall in its proper place. If you want to read more about waawiita kiilhswa, click here.

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peekitahankiki myaamiaki neehi natowiaki ‘The Seneca-Cayuga and Miami play lacrosse.’ Mid-summer was a popular time for lacrosse historically and it remains so today. Our yearly game with our elder brothers, the Seneca-Cayuga, usually occurs around the time of pahsaahkaahkanka ‘summer solstice.’

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noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi ceeliteeki (77) tikawi aalhkwahki ahsenisiipionki.

noonki peehkonteeki saakiwa wiihkoowia kiilhswa (keešaakosita). kapootwe kati ansiwatooyankwi miincipi.

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neemani-nko kati wiihkoowia kiilhswa? tookinanto oowaaha -> wiihkoowia kiilhswa

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Wiihkoowia Kiilhswa is the fourth lunar month of the Myaamia lunar calendar. Like the other months named for birds, Wiihkoowia Kiilhswa is associated with the process of transition from peepoonki ‘winter’ into neepinwiki ‘summer.’ The month is named for wiihkoowia (Eastern Whip-poor-will – Antrostomus vociferus).

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Around this time of year, Whip-poor-wills return from their winter nesting grounds around the Gulf of Mexico. Historically, Whip-poor-wills nested throughout our traditional homelands along the Wabash River Valley. Because these night birds nest on the ground, drastic changes in forest habitat have decreased populations of wiihkoowia in central Indiana. The call of wiihkooowia is distinctive and was used to mark the beginning of planting time for Myaamia miincipi ‘Miami corn.’ Click to hear the sound of wiihkoowia‘s call. Corn that is planted during Wiihkoowia Kiilhswa is usually in the green corn stage by Kiišiinkwia Kiilhswa ‘Green Corn Moon.’

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