Join Nathan Binnema, Secretary on our Board of Directors and longtime volunteer with the Edmonton Permaculture Guild, as he shares his practice of Phenological Engagement with this ongoing blog series. […]
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Phenological Engagement is the practice of learning one’s local ecology through visiting the same site regularly throughout the year, getting to know who’s living there and the significant events of their lives in reference to both solar and lunar time. I’ve been engaged in the practice here in Edmonton for three years, beginning with a year of study in Blackfoot Phenology with Ryan Heavy Head, now Ryan First Diver. I’ve learned enough now to begin sharing some of the regular events I’ve noticed at my site, Forest Heights Park, for each lunar cycle.
We are now entering the lunar cycle known as Awakasiki’somm, or the Deer Moon, in the Blackfoot lunar calendar.
We are now entering the lunar cycle known as Pakkipistsi Otsitsi’tsspi, “When the Chokecherries Ripen,” in the Blackfoot lunar calendar.
We are now in the lunar cycle known as Okonokistsi Otsitsi’tsspi or “When the Saskatoons Ripen” in the Blackfoot lunar calendar.