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Thirteen Moons On A
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Many Native Americans share the knowledge
of the thirteen moons on a turtles back. As children they
are taught to examine the segments on the back of every turtle.
There are thirteen large segments which represent the thirteen
moons which make up the lunar year. By counting the smaller
segments around the lower edge of the shell, you will find there
are 28, which represents the 28 days between new moons. Every
group of Native Americans has names for the thirteen moons and
there are stories to go with each new moon.
The names of the moons and the stories
that accompany them vary from one group to another, but each
is descriptive of the season in which the new moon appears.
The Human Body carries the same calendar
2 shoulder, 2 elbow, 2 wrist joints = 6
2 hip, 2 knees, 2 ankle joints = 6
universal neck joint= 1
10 fingers 10 toes
8 directions(east, west, south, north, sky, earth, inner and
The Turtle is also 6 pointed star
(Head, 2 Top/2 Lower flippers and Tail)
[*Sacred Star of David and other sacred geometry]
Human Beings are made of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and the Elements
of the Universe and Sparked to Life By The Dream of The Creator
and have a dream destiny yet to be revealed with the Universe.
The Medicine of Turtle is Mother Earth. Turtle Clan
are made up of the intellectuals, wise people and are often
called star gazers because they are known for their
constant pursuit of meditation and philosophy. They solve the
problems within the nation. The turtle is the leader of the
fish clan. In this clan we have different types of fish such
as migrating, territorial, bottom feeders, top eaters, late
spanners, early spanners.
Brief History of the Anishinaabek
In the beginning, Gizhemanidoo created
the universe as we know it today. He created Grandfather Sun
and Grandmother Moon, Mother Earth and Father Sky. And on the
earth he created all things, living and nonliving. He created
life in the earth, on the earth, in the sky and in the water.
He created the plants, rivers, four-legged and winged creatures,
and the swimmers. After this was done, he created one of the
greatest mysteries of all the four seasons to
bring harmony and balance to all.
After all creation was complete,
he created man. After he created
the first Anishinaabe, he came to him in a dream and instructed
him that he was to name all things in the language that he gave
him, Anishinaabemowin. So the first man went about on his journey
and named all things he saw all the animals, insects,
birds and fish however long this took. Afterward, he
spoke to the Creator Gizhemanidoo in his dream and said, I
have finished what you have told me to do. Then the Creator
Gizhemanidoo spoke back to him and said, Yes, you have
indeed done so, and now it is time for me to give you your name.
Your name shall be Nanabozho, and whenever your people meet
and greet one another, they will say a part of your name. That
is why whenever the Anishinaabe people greet one another, they
say the word Bozhoo.
In Anishinaabe culture, we are taught
that a piece of mother earth was put on the turtle's back after
the great flood. Nanabozho saw that the back of the turtle had
thirteen sections, which he compared to the thirteen moons of
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