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.
September is the month when the main harvest is taken in. It’s also when nut trees drop their fruits–acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, and more. September is generally a markedly cooler month. This is when many animals of the plains, such as buffalo, elk, etc. grow their winter coat to prepare for the coming cold. Stocking up for the cold season is the main activity of this month. The September 2010 full moon is September 23.
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 which animals were prominent, or when their staple crops would grow, or when they could gather ripened food.
Abenaki- Corn Maker Moon
Algonquin– Middle Between Harvest and Eating Corn
Anishnaabe- Rice Moon
Arapaho- Geese Shedding Their Feathers
Cherokee– Nut Moon
Cheyenne–Drying Grass Moon
Choctaw– Mulberry Moon; Little Chestnut Moon
Comanche– Paperman Moon
Cree– Snow Goose Moon
Creek- Little Chestnut Moon
Dakota Sioux–Moon When the Calves Grow Hair
Haida– Ice Moon
Hopi– Moon of Full Harvest
Kalapuya– End of Summer
Lakota– Moon of the Brown Leaves
Mohawk– Time of Much Freshness
Omaha–Moon When the Deer Paw the Earth
Pueblo–Moon When the Corn is Taken In
Shawnee- Papaw Moon
Sioux- Calves Grow Hair
Wishram–Her Acorns Moon
Zuni–Corn is Harvested
Farmer’s Almanac says this month’s moon is also known as Corn Moon, or Harvest 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.*