Nokahigas: Hoer Moon

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The sixth moon of the Abenaki lunar calendar is the Hoer Moon, following the planting moon (fifth moon) of Kikas, the Field Maker Moon. This is the time when the new sprouts of the year’s planting appreciate some nurturing care, in the competition of their warming rush toward the sun. The month began in this sun cycle with the new moon on June 3, 2019, and we are nigh on to the full moon which shines tomorrow, June 17th, and gives the name.

The word derives from two roots: noka- meaning “to soften” as in hoeing the earth, and -higas, a combination of “one who” and “moon”. Another name for this moon is the Strawberry Moon, in appreciation for the delicious earthly gift of the season: it is called Mskikoikas, after the Abenaki name for the strawberry itself, mskikoimens, “the little grass berry.”

And so we enter into Niben, the bountiful season of summer…

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Strawberry (Hoer) moon above Mount Wantastiquet tonight (6/9/2017).

She Feeds Them All: Peggy Fullerton of Koasek

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Teprine Baldo has written a wonderful piece about Peg Fullerton and her work in her blog, Strawberry Moon:

“So today I want to highlight a special farmer, seed saver with Seeds of Renewal, Indigenous singer (Voices of the Koas) and so much more, Peggy Fullerton.  Founder of the Sagakwa farm in Piedmont NH, Peggy is a member of the Traditional Abenaki Koasek band.  I interviewed her to better understand her life as a farmer, her struggles, joys, triumphs and roots.  Enjoy.”