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December 21, 2018
On Winter Solstice, the Sun is at its furthest distance from Earth, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. From this day forward, the days will get longer and the nights will get shorter. This time of the year was something to celebrate for our ancestors.
Winters were very brutal for our ancestors. They were dependent on the food they gathered the previous year, with hopes that it would last throughout the winter months. They were challenged with the ability to hunt and gather food for their families, which largely depended on the amount of daylight they had each day.
Winter Solstice is known as our Indian New Year, it marks an important time during the year. When our ancestors explained Winter Solstice, they described it as the Sun beginning its journey back towards Earth. This meant new crops of our roots, berries, indigenous foods, and brought longer days for hunting and gathering. It was the promise of warmer, more comfortable days.
Today, we celebrate the Sun making its journey back while remembering and honoring the strength of our ancestors.
Happy Winter Solstice to all of our friends and family.
Written by: Barbie StensgarColville Tribe - Arrow Lakes Band
*When reading this blog, it's important to understand that we are telling it from the point of view of our ancestors. With science, we now know the sun isn't the furthest away from the Sun on Winter Solstice, but this is what it felt like to our people during this time of the year.*
December 27, 2019
Thank you much!
December 23, 2019
Really enjoyed this MY FRIEND!!!!!
Happy New Year and my the Holiday Season bring a bountiful year of Love, Joy and Happiness.
Happy Winter Solstice 2019 to you and your family! Mahsi. I am celebrating this instead of Christmas start this one.
HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE ! Blessings , Love and Peace – in the sisterhood , – hugs to all. – Michaela
It is the downing of the age of Aquarius…harmony and understanding on Earth…!!!
Thank you 🙏 I love your gentle way of using words. You not only explain and share facts, you also let your love for all living things shine through 💖
Thanks for sharing your solstice thoughts
Yes! We celebrate it each year since I recall as a young girl. Services are held and it is always a memorable time of relection.
December 20, 2019
I love your site. Thank you for sharing about the solstice and the lovely photos!
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