The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people honor the cycle of life in all of our ceremonies and thanksgivings. We say that the Moon is our Grandmother and she has thirteen names in the course of a year.
The twelfth moon of the year, the moon closest to the Winter Solstice (and the longest night), is the time for the people to gather and tell stories. The elders tell stories to refresh our memories, passing them on to the children and knowing that, through them, our oral traditions will continue. The spirits of Earth and Sky gather beneath the sleeping Sun and the Great White Pine of Peace.