“In many Native American cultures each of the thirteen moons of the year is said to hold its own story, and each is powered by the turtle who is believed to contain the mystery of the moon in the shell of its back.” – Book: Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back
Many Native cultures relate the cycles of the moon to the seasons. The story of the Turtle’s back is used as a calendar, whereby each moon signifies the initiation and completion of each new moon cycle.
Aboriginal Education at UVIC:
Two weeks ago we went up to Mount Tolmie and we were given a talk by an Aboriginal elder. He informed us that the Anishinaabe legend states that there are 13 moons, and that the “Freezing Moon” is what signifies a new cycle of moon.
A link to the moons can be found here: http://www.anishinaabemdaa.com/moons.htm