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What's the origin of the new moon names?

Posted by Mariah Nimmich on

Like we mentioned, many of the moon names vary depending on what part of the world you might be in. Even here in the U.S., there are variations dependent on where you are in the country, and traditionally, come from Native tribes. For example, the Zuni tribe of New Mexico called April’s moon “the Great Sandstorm moon”, while the Apache tribe of the southern Plains referred to the same moon as “the Moon of Big Leaves”. Both reflect the conditions of their respective regions for the same lunar cycle. [1]

[1] Source: http://www.wwu.edu/skywise/indianmoons.html