Kunâhneepamuhshâtunônak

“Our Moons”

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Kunâhneepamuhshâtunônak “Our Moons” Exhibit

Bringing together Pequot and Sister Nation Artists, the Kunâhneepamuhshâtunônak “Our Moons” exhibit illustrates who we are as a people and the importance of Indigenous relationships. Our new exhibit represents the Indigenous teachings of how the cycles of the moon have continually provided guidance and support for the original people of the Northeast through visual articulation of the language we call art. Our story lives on…

Current Moon 

Wolf Moon

January is our Wolf Moon. During this time food is becoming scarce so wolves stay closer to communities in hopes of scavenging scraps and can be heard howling more at this time of year.

The Story of the Turtle Calendar

On a turtle’s back, the pattern of scales establishes the combination of numbers that define the lunar calendar cycle. The circle of scales surrounding the edge adds up to 28, the number of days that comprise the lunar cycle.(28 days from full moon to full moon.) The center of the shell has a pattern of thirteen larger scales, which represent the 13 moons of the lunar calendar.

The Thirteen Moons of the Mashantucket Pequot

What are the Thirteen Moons?

 

Maple Sugar Moon

March

March is our Maple Sugar Moon our “Weekapaheek” Moon. It signifies Spring is here and is the New Year for our people, representing new life. In our Maple trees the frozen sugar within begins to melt and starts to become sugar water. The sap starts to leak and indicates these trees are ready to be tapped.

Fishing Moon

April

April is our Fish Moon. This moon is really important to us because this allows us to prep for horticulture. We believe the herring bring the warm weather.

Corn Planting Moon

May

May is our Corn Planting Moon. Corn is the oldest of the Three Sister’s. It’s one of the first crops that indigenous people domesticated, and it is a crucial crop today.

Strawberry Moon

June

June is our Strawberry Moon. The strawberry is a sweet treat and the kickoff to summer. It brings forth the first berry of the year and here in Mashantucket we have a special ceremony that is about forgiveness using the strawberry.

Blueberry Moon

July

July is our Blueberry moon. Mashantucket has a variety of different blueberries throughout the reservation.

Green Corn Moon

August

August is our Green Corn Moon. We have our annual event called Schemitzun, a three day feast we call the celebration of the green corn harvest.

Harvest Moon

September

September is our Harvest Moon. The harvest moon is the last time of the year for us to harvest the last of our crops and prepare ourselves for winter..

Cranberry Moon

October

October is our Cranberry Moon. This is a perfect time of year for harvesting most varieties of cranberries in this region

Falling Leaves Moon

October/November

October/November this is where the idea of a 13th moon comes in sometimes this moon is more in the summertime but a good portion of the time it will fall between October and November and we identify it as the Falling Leaf Moon.

Hunting Moon

November

November is the Hunting Moon. This is the time of year where it’s ideal time to trap animals like beaver and to hunt deer.

Nikommo / Gift Giving Moon

December

December is “Nikommo” our Gift Giving Moon. During this time we prepare for winter. Winter is known as the time of knowledge so we stay inside and share many stories and pass down histories to one another.

This a special time because it shows that our people are of modern people involved in a lot of the traditional activities of today but we also maintain our traditional ways of life and our culture.

 

Wolf Moon

January

January is our Wolf Moon. During this time food is becoming scarce so wolves stay closer to communities in hopes of scavenging scraps and can be heard howling more at this time of year.

Bear / Snow Moon

February

February is the last our moons, the Snow Moon. This period of the winter is noted to have the heaviest snowfalls historically.