saakiwa mahkoonsa kiilhswa – weehki kihkatwi! noonki kaahkiihkwe peehki neepanki (19) manetwa piihsaaci aalhkwahki. poohkišamaanki ahsenaamiši, kaapootwe kati ahsenaamišipoohkiaanki.

manetwapiisaaci

noonki peehkonteeki kiinte saakiwa mahkoonsa kiilhswa (keešaakosita).

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taaniši kiišikatwi niiyaaha apiyani?

neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši.
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Mahkoonsa Kiilhswa (Young Black Bear Moon) is one of two lunar months named for the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus).  To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with the fact that it is around this month that Black Bear cubs begin to emerge from their dens.  The start of this lunar month marks weehki-kihkatwi – the Myaamia New Year!  During some years, the maple sugaring season begins during Mahkoonsa Kiilhswa; in general trees and animals begin the slow process of waking up as pipoonwi ends.

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“Aya Aya” Song

January 14, 2016

aya ceeki,

This video was created for the Myaamia Heritage Class at Miami University. It teaches you how to sing the “aya aya” song which is to the tune of the French nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques”. The song teaches general greetings and more. The first part is learning the verses to the song and the last part is singing along. The four verses are written out and translated below.

aya aya, aya aya                                            Hello (general greeting) x 2

tipeewe neeyolaani, tipeewe neeyolaani            It’s good to see you x 2

peehki kiišikahki, peehki kiišikahki                    It’s a nice day x 2

teepahki, teepahki                                          It’s good x 2

 

 

2 mahkwa kiilhswa (2016)

January 12, 2016

noonki kaahkiihkwe neepanki (27) neehi manetwa piihsaaci (ahsenisiipionki).

manetwapiisaaci

noonki peehkonteeki, kiinte saakiwa mahkwa kiilhswa (keešaakosita).

saakiwa2

taaniši kiišikahkii niiyaaha apiyani?

neemani-nko kati aakalaahšimaataweenki? toohkinanto mihtahkiši.
(For English, click below)

Read the rest of this entry »

Mahkwa Kiilhswa (Black Bear Moon) is one of two lunar months named for the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus).  It typically occurs around the Gregorian months of January and February.  To the best of our knowledge, this month is associated with mature female bear giving birth to their cubs.  Female Black Bears have a litter of cubs every 2 years, and litters range from 1-5 cubs.  Following birth, cubs stay with their mother for 1-2 years. Mahkwa were an important source of food for Myaama people, with Black Bear tenderloin being a particular delicacy.  Mahkwa also plays a prominent role in Myaamia aalhsoohkaana (Winter Stories).

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