June: Green Corn Moon

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.

Algonquin–Strawberry Moon

Cherokee–Green Corn Moon

Choctaw–Windy Moon, Blackberry Moon

Comanche–Leaf Moon

Cree–Moon Leaves Come Out

Dakota Sioux–Moon When Juneberries Are Ripe

Haida–Berries Ripen Moon

Hopi–Moon of Planting

Kalapuya–Blooming Time

Lakota–Moon When The Berries Are Good

Mohawk–Ripening Time

Ponca–Hot Weather Begins Moon

Potawatomi–Moon of the Turtle

Pueblo–Moon When The Leaves Are Dark Green

Shoshone–Summer Starting

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

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One response to “June: Green Corn Moon

  1. Your Lakota and Dakota ones sound very familiar, so you’re probably right. ^_^ In fact I know the Dakota one is correct, and the Lakota is either correct or very close.

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