By the time of the Fruit Moon, Galoni [August], the green corn has started to ripen. No corn is eaten until after the Green Corn Festival. “The Green Corn Ceremony was traditionally celebrated during late June or early July for about four days. The dates scheduled for the celebration depended upon the time the first corn ripened. The ceremony was held in the middle of the ceremonial grounds. Included in the rituals were the stomp dance, feather dance and buffalo dances.
The moon of the ripe corn is a time for celebrating the bountiful treasures given to us by Asgaya Galvlati, the “Apportioner”. The “Green Corn Dance” was once celebrated at this time. And it is traditionally the start of the stick ball games known as the Anetsa, or “Little Brother of War.”
In the old days, the women spent many hours of the day weaving clothes and baskets, crafting pottery, and grinding corn in the plazas of their villages. They passed the time singing songs, gossiping, laughing and sharing skills and stories. They were happy, productive times. Feather Smith, a guide at the Diligwa Village, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, explained the Cherokee crafts in these videos from the Native American Antiquity article “Great Sites, Part 6: The Cherokee Crafts.“
For the ancestors, Tihuluhiyi [June], the Green Corn Moon, signals the emergence of plants in the fields and the first sign of “corn in tassel”. With the beginning of summer, it was a time to repair the Council House and build or repair new homes. Note: The Green Corn Moon should not be confused with the Green Corn Ceremony that happens in August (Galoni: The Fruit Moon).
Kawoni is the “Flower Moon” for the Cherokee. This is when plants first come out and flowers bloom. This is a time for new births and renewal. This is when plants can be gathered to replenish our medicines and herbs. The “Long Man”, the streams and rivers, swell and bring renewal and cleansing. This is a time we go to water and pay tribute to the Great Apportioner.
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March, the Windy Moon, Anvyi. The “First New Moon” after the equinox is the traditional start of the new cycle for planting. New town council fires are made. and all the fires of the villages are extinguished and relit from the sacred council fire.
A Cherokee Feast of Days, Joyce Sequichie Hifler, March 14