Stanley Sam

Our people know a lot about the moon as the moon does a lot for them as well. The time to make their spiritual connection was during the rising of the moon. This was the time to go to their sacred sites. Not any time. Our spirituality is practiced when the moon is rising not when it is going down. Nuu-chah-nulth people have thirteen moons and according to this the Nuu-chah-nulth New Year is on December 21 because that is when the moon stops. In my time I saw the elderly ladies rattling a stick around their homes chasing the old year out.