Mahkwa Kiilhswa ‘Black Bear Moon’ is one of two lunar months named for the American black bear (Ursus americanus).  It typically occurs between late December and early February in the Gregorian calendar. To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with mature female bears giving birth to their cubs.  Female American black bears have a litter of cubs every 2 years, and litters range from 1-5 cubs.  Following birth, cubs stay with their mother for 1-2 years. Mahkooki ‘American black bears’ were an important source of food for Myaamia people, with bear tenderloin being a particular delicacy.  Mahkwa also plays a prominent role in Myaamia aalhsoohkaana ‘Winter Stories.’

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12 ayaapia kiilhswa (2018)

December 21, 2018

noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi neepanki (44) aalhkwahki ahsenisiipionki. noonki peehkonteeki kati manetwa piihsaaci.

noonki peehkonteeki waawiyiisita ayaapia kiilhswa (keešaakosita).

taaniši kiišikatwi niiyaaha apiyani?

neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši.
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1 ayaapia kiilhswa (2018)

December 10, 2018

noonki kaahkiihkwe neepanki (37) aahsanteeki ahsenisiipionki.

noonki peehkonteeki kiinte saakiwa ayaapia kiilhswa (keešaakosita).

taaniši kiišikatwi niiyaaha apiyani?

neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši.
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Ayaapia Kiilhswa ‘Buck Moon’ is one of two lunar months named for the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).  To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with the end of the rut (breeding cycle) and the older males losing their antlers.

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ayaapia (White-tailed Deer buck)*

Today, there is a lot of variation within White-tailed Deer populations regarding when bucks drop their antlers.  It appears that historically, the older White-tailed Deer bucks dropped their antlers after younger males.  The loss of antlers marks the end of the rut (the breeding cycle) for these more mature male deer.

*photo from http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/may01/k5437-3.htm

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noonki šayiipaawe neepanki (22) eewanki. noonki kaahkiihkwe kati tikawi aahsanteeki eehkwa neepanki (32) ahsenisiipionki.

noonki peehkonteeki neepiki ayaapeensa kiilhswa (peemineeta). kinšimi kati saakiwa ayaapia kiilhswa.

taaniši kiišikatwi niiyaaha apiyani?

neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši.
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