Native American Calendar differs greatly from the traditional calendar that is primarily used in the
present day. However, this calendar varies depending on the tribe and the region these tribes inhabited
since the calendar emphasizes on earth and nature. In addition, the calendar is a symbol of the
beginning of a new year as it started on spring months, which is the time of the year that new plants
and animals are born.
Native American Calendar not only commences on different time of the year but also is moon-based making
certain months of the calendar have several moon names. The possible reasons for this were the
different tribes, which were associated with the moon naming and translations of the same name.
Overlapping of multiple moons in the same month of the calendar is also another likely reason for
plenty of moon names in some months.
In the Native American Calendar, Lakota Indians have given January the moon name of Frost in the Teepee
Moon or Strong Cold Moon. On the other hand, other tribes as far as the Native American Calendar is
concerned, know January as Strong Frost Moon, Snow Moon or Wolf Moon. Sioux Indians know February as
the Dark Red Calves Moon among other names such as the Snow Moon, Raccoon Moon and Hunger Moon. The
moon names for March in this calendar are the Awaking Moon, the Buffalo Calves Drop Moon, Snow Blind
Moon, the Worm Moon, the Crow Moon and the Maple Sugar Moon. Similar to March, April has many moon
names that include Growing Grass Moon, the Red Grass Appearing Moon, the Frog Moon, the Pink Moon and
the Planter’s Moon.
Depending on the tribe’s Native American Calendar, June has the following moon names: The Fatness Moon,
the Rose Moon, the Buck Moon and the Making Fat Moon. On the other hand, the Blood Moon, the Ripe
Cherries Moon, the Red Cherries Moon and the Heat Moon are the Moon names for July. August in the
Native American Calendar is referred to as the Black Cherries Moon, the Thunder Moon, Geese Shed
Feathers Moon or the Green Corn Moon. The Hunting Moon, Harvest Moon, Drying Grass Moon, Black Calf
Moon and Corn Festival are the moon names for September.
October has three popular moon names, which include the Changing Seasons Moon, Flying Ducks Moon and
the Falling Leaves Moon. Consequently, November in the Native American Calendar is commonly known as
the Falling Leaves Moon or the Beaver Moon. Finally, the moon names for December in this 2015 calendar are
Cold Moon, Long Night Moon, Deer Shed their Horns Moon or the Popping Trees Moon.
To conclude, as earlier stated, the Native American Calendar is moon-based hence for the Indian
calendar to coincide with the traditional calendar, an additional moon is added every three years.
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