Author: Tamarack Song
31 pages, offered in both a paper and electronic form (PDF). Photo is not an actual representation of the booklet.
Grandmother Moon, known to the Northwoods Natives as Nokomis Giizis, is the focal point of their way of life, the Gifting Way. By consciously living in relationship with Nokomis, Natives grow in awareness of their kinship with all other creatures. It is thus that they live in Balance — in sync with seasonal rhythms by being semi-nomadic and continually adapting their gathering and hunting strategies. The booklet goes into detail on how the gifts of each Moon fulfill the needs of Natives in all ways: sustenance, shelter, cultural, and spiritual.
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The warming air and strengthening Sun cause the People to shed their furs, which are packed away in airtight sacks with bug-repelling herbs… The warmth tickles the buds of the Maples, making them thirsty. Like nurslings, they suck hard to draw the sweet nourishing sap up from the roots. The buds swell quickly, signaling the arrival of new life–the beginning of a new turn of the seasons.
The People, with their food stores and body fat depleted after the White Season, are also thirsty. They need an easy-to-get and easy-to-digest source of energy for the coming time of intense activity. Fortunately, the elder Maples have extra sap to gift, which provides much needed calories, along with nourishing minerals and enzymes. This is clearly Iskigamizige Giizis, the Maple-Sugar Moon.