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Giwségizes [Hunting Moon]

The final moon of dgwaget was Giwségises. Taught at an early age, men were instructed by their fathers and uncles how to use the bow, spear and snare to hunt game large and small. Potawatomi used the village orchards that provided beechnuts, acorns and chestnuts in early fall as hunting and trapping grounds for foraging deer, turkey and fox. Gifts and offerings were presented to local spiritualists for guidance and a successful hunt. A good hunter never left camp without his giwséwesh (hunting medicines). The roots of bgoch oot (wild oats) and pkwenesgen (asters) were smoked to attract deer, elk and moose, while mosmesh (dogwood leaves) were placed in traps to lure muskrat and other small game.


Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center

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