Twelve Moons

pastel over photograph
15.75″ x 15.75″ / 40 cm x 40 cm each

 Although many Native American Tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known names of the full moon come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. Since the Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, who adapted these names of the moons, I chose these names as inspiration. Throughout the world, naming each full moon was common among humans of earlier epochs in order to keep track of the seasons, the cycles of nature which we depended on so much. Each name was applied for the entire lunar month that the full moon ocured in. The names of the Algonquin can be found in today’s farmer’s almanac.