Otvwoskv-Rakko, “Big Chestnut-Thrashing”

The American chestnut was one of the most important natural resources available to Mvskokes in the old country.  The ripened nuts are nourishing and delicious; they can be roasted, boiled, dried, ground into flour, salted for storage, or eaten raw from the bur. Until recent times, chestnuts were also the most vital wildlife food in … Continue reading Otvwoskv-Rakko, “Big Chestnut-Thrashing”

Otvwoskuce, “Little Chestnut-Thrashing”

The third month of the Mvskoke year is commonly translated as "Little Chestnut," but there's more to it than that. In linguistic terms, this month's name was formed by combining the noun oto, "chestnut," with an inflection of the verb wvsketv, "to thrash," producing the phrase otvwoskv, "chestnut-thrashing," then adding the diminutive suffix –uce, "little."  … Continue reading Otvwoskuce, “Little Chestnut-Thrashing”