Just as the Romans felt the need to name the months of their calendar and we today feel the need to continue with those names as an easier way of marking the passage of time, so the Native American peoples also named the divisions of their calendars. Based on the moon’s cycles, each full moon had a name, and the association for the month would last until the next full moon.
June is the month when summer crops, including such staples as grains and corn, begin to shoot up from the earth. Berries also appear in June, including mulberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and juneberries. The temperature begins to grow warmer, the air moister, and the sun feels hotter. Summer storms begin to roll through (as many of us in Maryland and the Midwest just experienced, with the tornadoes and tornado sightings). The days are longer until the summer solstice later in the month.
The names of the moons give evidence for what each tribal culture considered to be important during that time period, either the influence of the weather, or when their staple crops would grow, or when they could gather ripened food.
Cherokee–Green Corn Moon
Choctaw–Windy Moon, Blackberry Moon
Cree–Moon Leaves Come Out
Dakota Sioux–Moon When Juneberries Are Ripe
Haida–Berries Ripen Moon
Hopi–Moon of Planting
Lakota–Moon When The Berries Are Good
Ponca–Hot Weather Begins Moon
Potawatomi–Moon of the Turtle
Pueblo–Moon When The Leaves Are Dark Green
In Europe and Colonial America June is the Rose Moon.
*I’m not an expert on Native American culture or practices, though I have been interested and studying some of their practices/traditions for many years. The subject of the Moon Names is a recent area of interest. Any errors contained in this post are entirely my own, and I apologize for my inadequate intelligence.*
Sources: Farmer’s Almanac, Llewellyn 2010 Witches Datebook, Western Washington University Planetarium