Solomon Ratt: Perpetual Calendar based on Lunar Cycles (y- and th-dialects)

Beautiful teamwork – concept and vocabulary from Solomon Ratt, graphic image by Celia Deschambaults. Names of weekdays thanks to Arok Wolvengrey. Posted here with thanks to all three.

This perpetual calendar has 13 moon cycles and six seasons. Months (on this calendar) start at the full moon closest to the winter solstice. Sol says some people have told him that the new year would start at the end of story-telling season, in the spring – which also makes sense.

Note that month names reflect environmental realities – migration cycles – and may therefore differ from one region to the next. The dates in red on this calendar correspond to the Julian (regular) calendar for 2019.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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2 Responses to Solomon Ratt: Perpetual Calendar based on Lunar Cycles (y- and th-dialects)

  1. Margot McMullan says:

    I would like to purchase 2 of the Cree perpetual calendars (2019) based on lunar cycles (-Y and -TH dialects).
    Who do I contact to buy them? I have been looking for one to give to a Cree Elder and would really like to buy them soon!

    • Arden Ogg says:

      Hi Margot – We don’t really have a sales department. You’re welcome to download the PDF files, though, and take them to your nearest Staples or other print shop to print. We ask that you not modify the files, and that you don’t sell them for profit, but we’re happy to have them shared!

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