SDG 15: Life On Land

UN SDG 15 - Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

WEXES Moon - "Frog"

WEXES Moon - "Frog"

When the frogs come to life again, when they come out of hibernation, you would hear them croaking. That is the reason the first moon of spring is called "WEXES" of "frog". The people had been home all winter and had not traveled throughout December and January. WEXES was the month that the herring came, sometimes in the middle of this moon season. They were the only fish that came automatically so the people took good advantage of them.The people knew exactly when the herring would arrive, they could tell by the tides.

SISET MOON - "old one" the long winter moon

SISET MOON

SISET is the long winter moon and is a very dark time of year. SISET means "old one" and is the time when the elders relate the people's stories, legends and family histories.

At this time, the Winter dances are still going on, and visiting and feasting are still happening. Telling the stories is all part of this tradition while the people are warm and dry and the storms are blowing outside and snow is falling. A good time to be together working on weaving baskets, mats and blankets, carving tools and repairing canoes.

SJELCASEN Moon - putting away your paddle

SJELCASEN Moon

SJELCASEN is the moon to put away paddles and settle down to live life at home, a good time to be in your house, warm and dry with family and friends. This is the time for the peoples' Winter dances, for visiting and storytelling. The people cannot travel anymore because for the next two months the weather would be bad and rough.

This is when the women would make baskets, mats and blankets and the men would work on their canoes, make lumber, carve and make tools and utensils. Everyone would be content to be home within their communities.

WESELANEW - shaker of the leaves

WESELANEW moon

WESELANEW is the month of the shaker of the leaves. This was a good time of year to go out and hunt deer and elk around the Saanich peninsula and get ducks.The people used to catch ducks using an aerial net which was suspended between fir trees over an inlet or bay. When the ducks flew in they would be caught in the net and fall to the ground where the men would get them. There was another kind of net which was spread over the water to entangle the ducks as they swam up from their dives.

PEKALANEW - time of the QOLEW or CHUM salmon

Pekalanew season

There was still one more salmon to arrive, the QOLEW, dog or chum salmon. When it comes, the people are getting into PEKALANEW. Fall is coming and the sun is heading south. The PEKALANEW moon is the one that changes the color of the leaves.

The people gaffed the dog salmon at Goldstream. By that time, they were into their winter homes in the Saanich area. They had caught the last run of fish that were going to come to them for the year.

CENHENEN MOON - the humpback salmon arrive

CENHENEN MOON image
The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, CENHENEN, is mid-summer, the humpback salmon arrive.

CENTEKI - the time of the sockeye

CENTEKI Moon - the time of the sockeye

The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, CENTEKI, the time of the sockeye, signifies the first salmon to arrive...the sockeye.

PENAWEN -beginning of the salmon time

Penawen moon
The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, Pexawen, the harvest time, signifies the hunting and gathering and harvesting and the abundance of food.

Sxanel: The Arrival of the Bullhead

13 Moon calendar - Sxanel- deepening spring

The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, Sxanal, the bullhead, signifies a deepening of spring, birds arriving, flowers blooming and the bullheads are back.