Months & Moons

We have included month names in both Western and Eastern dialects although it should be noted that many people in different areas use different names for these or different names based on what they observe happening in their region. The Eastern dialect names are taken from the Wikwemikong Heritage Organization.

Full Moon Dates for 2016 and Month Names
English Western Dialect Eastern Dialect
1. January 23rd Gichimanidoo-giizis (Great Spirit Moon) Manidoo-giizis (Spirit Moon)
2. February 22nd Namebini-giizis (Suckerfish Moon) Mkwa-giizis (Bear Moon)
3. March 23rd Onaabani-giizis (Snowcrust Moon) Onaabdin-giizis (Snowcrust Moon)
4. April 22nd Iskigamizige-giizis (Sugarbushing Moon) Pokwaagami-giizis (Broken Snowshoe Moon)
5. May 21st Zaagibagaa-giizis (Budding Moon) Namebine-giizis (Suckerfish Moon)
6. June 20th Odemiini-giizis (Strawberry Moon) Baashkaabigonii-giizis (Blooming Moon)
7. July 19th Abitaa-niibini-giizis (Halfway Summer Moon) Miin-giizis (Berry Moon)
8. August 18th Manoominike-giizis (Ricing Moon) Manoominike-giizis (Ricing Moon)
9. September 16th Waatebagaa-giizis (Leaves Turning Moon) Waabaagbagaa-giizis (Leaves Turning Moon)
10. October 16th Binaakwe-giizis (Falling Leaves Moon) Binaakwe-giizis (Falling Leaves Moon)
11. November 14th Gashkadino-Giizis (Freezing Over Moon) Baashkaakodin-Giizis (Freezing Moon)
12. December 13th Manidoo-Giizisoons (Little Spirit Moon) Manidoo-Giizisoons (Little Spirit Moon)