Cokv-Walv Mvskoke Redux

The reliable return of summer solstice means the end of one year and the beginning of another in Mvskoke country. Like other indigenous Americans, Mvskoke people "survived by knowing their natural environment well and making direct use of its surpluses. It was a land of abundance, but that abundance was only available to those who … Continue reading Cokv-Walv Mvskoke Redux

Hvyo-Rakko, “Big Harvest”

Mvskoke tradition has long recognized corn as a sacred staple.  It's among the first fruits of the land, and the Mvskoke year begins when the new corn crops are ready. Yet this "little harvest" is followed by one that is even larger in size, if not in ceremonial significance. Mvskoke agriculture was a mature, robust … Continue reading Hvyo-Rakko, “Big Harvest”

Hvyuce, “Little Harvest”

In one story from Mvskoke oral tradition, it is said that an old woman was living in a certain place.  She lived alone until an orphan boy came to be with her.  He learned to hunt and provide meat, while she fed him tasty dishes made from a mysterious ingredient. One day he spied on … Continue reading Hvyuce, “Little Harvest”