October is the month of the Full Hunter’s Moon. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long. This is the first Full Moon following the Harvest Moon last month. Native American tribes referred to this Moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon, as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter.
Being Napa Valley was home to the Wappo Indians, I am certain there were Full Hunter’s Moon celebrations here. If you want to read more about the Wappos, here is what Wikipedia says about them.
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More about the Hunter’s Moon from from Wikipedia:
The names are recorded from the early 18th century.OED for “Harvest Moon” cites a 1706 reference, and for “Hunter’s Moon” a 1710 edition of The British Apollo , where the term is attributed to “the country people” (The Country People call this the Hunters-Moon.) The names became traditional in American folklore, where they are now often popularly attributed to “the Native Americans“. The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a yearly festival in Lafayette, Indiana, held in late September or early October each year since 1968. In 2010, the Harvest moon occurred on the night of equinox itself (some 5½ hours after the point of equinox) for the first time since 1991.
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