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

Kvco-Hvse, “Blackberry Month”

People of a certain age will remember Uncle Remus and his tales of Br'er Rabbit and other animal characters. Growing up in the sixties, I enjoyed listening to my parents read stories that had been popularized a generation earlier by Disney's Song of the South, a feature-length musical combining live action with animation. The movie … Continue reading Kvco-Hvse, “Blackberry Month”

Kē-Hvse, “Mulberry Month”

The calendar year in Mvskoke country winds down with a couple of months named for edible fruits: kē, "mulberry," and kvco, "blackberry." And like only one other month in cokv-walv Mvskoke (Hotvlē-Hvse, “Wind Month"), their traditional names include the word for "month" itself, presumably to avoid confusion between each month and its namesake. The remaining … Continue reading Kē-Hvse, “Mulberry Month”