names of the moons

 

These drum, which are hanging in the Penobscot Nation Council Chamber, are the result of the New Moon Drum Project. Funded by NEFA (New England Foundation for the Arts) the project sought to have a Penobscot tribal member, Dominic Polchies, teach drum making techniques. He and his apprentice, Doming Caparaz, created 13 thirteen-sided drums. Each of these drums were then painted with an image that represented an interpretation of that moon. These images were painted by James Eric Francis Sr. and his inspiration was drawn on the natural world during that moon.  The drums were introduced to the community by “New Moon” socials, which lasted the entire scope of the project. When finished the drums where gifted to our leadership and hung in the shape of a double curve in the Council Chambers.

 


oldMoon

 

 

 

 

kčí-kisohs

"old Moon"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moon that provides grudgingly

 

 

 

 

 

αkəlo-ssaməwhsit-kisohs

"moon that provides a little food grudgingly"

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

moonOfCrustOfIce

 

 

 

 

takʷaskʷayí-kisohs

"moon of crusts of ice on the snow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moonOfLayingEggs

 

 

 

penαtαməwí-kisohs

"moon of laying eggs of owls and eagles"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moonOfSmelts

 

 

 

 

αməssəwí-kisohs

"moon of smelts"

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

moonOfPlanting

 

 

 

 

kkihkayí-kisohs

"moon of planting and sowing"

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 grubbubgHoeMoon

 

 

 

nohkkahikaní-kisohs

"grubbing hoe moon for harrowing soil"

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

moonOfRipening

 

 

 

ačihtayi-kisohs

"moon of ripening berries and corn"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moonOfWhiteChub

 

 

 

 

wikkehsəwí-kisohs

"moon of white chub, whey they complete stone houses in shallow water"

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

moonOfRutting

 

 

 

 

mačewatohkí-kisohs

"moon of rutting moose and caribou"

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 moonOfAutumn

 

 

 

 

takʷαkəwí-kisohs

"moon of autumn"

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

moonWhenIceForms

 

 

 

 

 

asəpáskʷačess-kisohs

"moon when ice forms on the margins of lakes"

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 


cal references

1616-1619

The Great Dying, between 75 and 90 percent of Native Americans in Maine die from European diseases.