noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi ceeliteeki (63) aalhkwahki ahsenisiipionki. kapootwe kati nipanwi. meemeekwa-hka piitilaanwi miinawa manetwa piihsaaci.

noonki peehkonteeki kiinte saakwi cecaahkwa kiilhswa (keešaakosita).

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Cecaahkwa Kiilhswa is the third lunar month of the Myaamia lunar calendar. Like the other months named for birds, Cecaahkwa Kiilhswa is associated with the process of transition from pipoonwi (winter) into niipinwi (summer). The month is named for cecaahkwa ‘Sandhill Crane – grus canadensis.’

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cecaahkwa (Sandhill Crane) performing a mating dance

Around this time of year, Sandhill Cranes return from their winter nesting grounds in what is today the state of Florida.  Historically, some cranes nested in our traditional homelands along the Wabash River Valley and some traveled to other nesting grounds throughout the midwest.  This moon marks an important moment of return, rebirth, and renewal for an animal, cecaahkwa, that is closely associated with Myaamia people.  Delaware and various Iroquois speaking peoples, who originally lived to our east and south, referred to the Myaamia as the “Twigh Twee” after the call of the Sandhill Crane.

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Signature of Myaamia leader on Great Peace of 1701

In the past, Myaamia people would mark the edges of our lands by blazing the head of cecaahkwa into trees along major trails.  In 1701, a Myaamia leader signed a treaty with this very symbol. Cecaahkwa remains a powerful symbol of Myaamia people and can still be found on the tribal seal of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.

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noonki kaahkiihkwe tikawi ceeliteeki (58) tikawi aalhkwahki ahsenisiipionki.

noonki peehkonteeki naawi napale neepiki aanteekwa kiilhswa (peemineeta).

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noonki šayiipaawe tikawi neepanki (42) peehki aalhkwahki ahsenisiipionki. kaapootwe kati piitilanwi.

noonki peehkonteeki napale aanteekwa kiilhswa (keešaakosita).

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Aanteekwa Kiilhswa is the second month of the Myaamia lunar calendar. It is named for the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), which usually nests and breeds during this month. During the winter months, aanteekwaki ‘crows’ often gather in large groups but as the nesting period begins this behavior comes to an end. In the midwest, aanteekwaki are some of the earliest birds to build nests and lay eggs. Like the other lunar months named for birds, Aanteekwa Kiilhswa typically occurs during the transition from pipoonwi ‘winter’ into niipinwi ‘summer.’  During Aanteekwa Kiilhswa maple sugaring often reaches its height. But by the end of this lunar month, the Sugar maple trees have usually budded and the sugaring season comes to a close.

aanteekwa*

aanteekwa*

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*American Crow image from wikimedia commons