Aanteekwa Kiilhswa ‘Crow Moon’ (listen to the pronunciation on the Myaamia Online Dictionary) is the second month of Myaamia Kiilhsooki ‘Miami Lunar Calendar’. It is named for the American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), which usually nests and breeds during this month. During the winter months, aanteekwaki ‘crows’ often gather in large groups, but as the nesting period begins this behavior comes to an end. In the Midwest, aanteekwaki are some of the earliest birds to build nests and lay eggs. Like the other lunar months named for birds, Aanteekwa Kiilhswa typically occurs during the transition from peepoonki ‘winter’ into neepinwiki ‘summer.’ During Aanteekwa Kiilhswa, maple sugaring often reaches its peak. But by the end of this lunar month, the Sugar maple trees have usually budded and the sugaring season comes to a close.

American Crow
aanteekwa courtesy of wikimedia commons

For more information about Myaamia Kiilhsooki ‘Miami Lunar Calendar,’ visit the Myaamia Kiilhsooki page.

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