This second Maliseet Moon Calendar recalls the traditional means by which Maliseets and most Indigenous Peoples around the world reckoned time.
It is based on the fact that there are actually thirteen moons in every year. Each moon begins on the new moon, and the first moon of the year always ends on the shortest day of the year (December 21). The remaining twelve moons are generally named according to activities or characteristics unique to each particular moon.
To facilitate reading this calendar, we have color-coded the days of each month in the usual 12 month Gregorian calendar with which most people are familiar.
The images for each moon in this calendar have been chosen to illustrate some of the oldest versions of a Maliseet origin story describing the coming of Kalowaskap, the great hero of Wabanaki peoples, to the St. John River and to the Maliseets, the People of the St. John River. The story describes the origin of many important features of the river demonstrating Maliseet familiarity with the St. John, from its mouth to the St. Lawrence River. This story also demonstrates that while other
peoples such as Passamaquoddy, Penobscots, Mi’kmaq, and various European peoples have come to our river over time, only Maliseets can claim to be the original inhabitants of the St. John. To all other claimants we might ask, in the words of J. Edward Chamberlin, “If this is your land, where are your stories?”
The story texts included here were collected from the different storytellers, Gabe Acquin (1811-1901) and his son-in-law, James Paul (ca. 1850-1913) of the Maliseet community at St. Mary’s, near Fredericton, and Jack Solomon of Kingsclear. Those by Gabe Acquin were collected by Edward Jack about 1890, while those by James Paul and Jack Solomon were collected by William Hubbs Mechling about 1910. As such they are some of the oldest recorded origin stories of the St. John River.
To order your 2010 Maliseet Moon Calendar please return the card in the attached .pdf with a cheque or money order to:
St. Thomas University
51 Dineen Drive
You may also call the Native Studies Department at 506-452-0637.