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Seasonal Rounds


The pattern of annual migration across an area’s ecological zones to secure the variety of food and household goods that fulfill social-economic and cultural needs. The Seasonal Rounds of the Potawatomi refers to the pattern of annual migration across the local landscape’s ecological zones to harvest plants and animals that feed, heal, and are useful to the Potawatomi people (Steen-Adams, et. al., 2019). These plants and animals are specific to the homelands of the Potawatomi in the Great Lakes. This pattern of movement from one resource-gathering area to another is a cycle that is followed each year. During the spring, summer, and fall, people would historically move to or visit a variety of gathering areas while during the harsher winter they would stay in and were more sedentary. The Potawatomi seasonal gathering cycle starts in the beginning of spring.

Citations

Steen‐Adams, M. M., S. Charnley, R. J. McLain, M. D. O. Adams, and K. L. Wendel. 2019.
Traditional knowledge of fire use by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in the eastside Cascades of Oregon. Forest Ecology and Management 450: 117405

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