Native American’s Names For The Calendar Months

Most of us have used conventional calendar months our entire lives. As a result, it can be pretty difficult to think about how there was once a time when that wasn’t always the case.  Native Americans for instance never used our system of time. To them, what we call months had more to do with the state of the moon and the state of nature. Here’s a list of the most common moon names associated with months as we would know them.

January

This month was referred to as Full Wolf Moon, due to the howling of wolf packs on the full moons that are common in January.

February

Up, in the northern and eastern Native American tribes, February was called Full Snow Moon. This is due to the heavy snow that took place during this month.

March

The sight of worms everywhere during this time led the month we know as March to be called Full Worm Moon.

April

Native tribes referred to this month as Full Pink Moon.

May

“April showers bring May flowers”, or so the saying goes. Full Flower Moon was the name associated with the month of May.

June

All Native American tribes referred to June as Full Strawberry Moon. June is the month for the strawberry harvest, a revered harvest by all of the various tribes.

July

Around January, a buck’s Antlers start to grow out. To hunting and gathering tribes, this milestone marked the Full Buck moon.

August

Known as the Full Sturgeon month because of the abundance of sturgeon available to catch during this month.

September

The month of year where corns start popping named this month the Full Corn Moon.

October

Winter is coming and hunters need to hunt to prepare for the winter, therefore naming this month the Full Hunter’s Moon.

November

In order to get warm when winter arrives, beavers were hunted for their warm pelt, thus naming this month the Full Beaver Moon.

December

Winter has come! The name of this month is how people felt during winter, the Full Cold Moon.