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Apté-Nibné-gizes [Mid-Summer Moon]

Life for Potawatomi people has always been grounded in natural cycles. This was especially so when Potawatomi communities relied upon the seasons for their yearly hunt and harvest. Activities were guided, in part, by the month (lunar cycle) of the year. These months are referred to as Gizek [Moons].

Niben [Summer] was understood as a time of plenty. It was a time of hunting, fishing and gathering, preparing for the winter months when the world goes to sleep. Apté-Nibné-gizes refers to the middle moon of summer, nature’s cue for communities to plant their crops for proper harvest in Dgwaget [Autumn].


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