Dgwaget [fall]

Dgwaget [fall]

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Dgwaget [fall]

Potawatomi referred to the transition from niben to dgwaget as Mnomnekégises [Ricing Moon]. Throughout Ricing Moon, domesticated and wild plants began to bear fruit, motivating Potawatomi and other Neshnabek to migrate to their annual menomen [wild rice] camps for harvest. Considered a primary food staple, it was extensively traded among Algonquin tribes and foreign merchants. Aside from diet, menomen was used medicinally and spiritually in various ceremonies, its therapeutic value aided in the remedy of burns, heart and stomach ailments.  

Literally meaning “a shortening of the days,” dgwaget was traditionally a time of harvest and preparation. Crops planted in spring yielded a bounty of vegetables and a variety of nuts [acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts] were gathered from village orchards. During Giwségises [Hunting Moon] game such as deer, elk and turkey were hunted; the meat dried and persevered for the approaching leaner months.

 

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