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Turtle clan people share a bond
with both of these and enjoy
helping things grow, plants and
people while enjoying their
freedom as a turtle would in the
An Abenaki grandfather
once showed his grandson how
to keep track of the changing
moons using the scales on the
back of the Turtle. In counting
the scales, the boy leaned that
there were thirteen scales.
Grandfather told the young boy
that each scale represents a
moon and that each moon has
twenty-eight days until a new
Each moon tells a specific story
about its season.
In the Creation story, the Earth
began to grow after the muskrat
brought mud from the bottom
of the sea and placed it on the
back of the Turtle. Life was
created from the earth.
The Turtle has all the responsi-
bility of the shifting earth and
the cycles of the moon.
The turtle is old, wise and well
respected; and teaches patience
and to never give up with the
use of strength and solidarity.
Turtle Clan people need a
strong base where they can live
and grow roots. They teach
patience and they are a creature
of two elements, earth and wa-
Abanaki writer Joseph Bruchac
has written a wonderful book
Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back
where you can learn more
about a Native American year
of moons. And, you can enjoy
the Turtle Clan art of Mark
Fischer at River Trading Post.
Arts of Native America
Turtle Clan artist, Mark Fischer (Oneida),
is an educator, a teacher and a featured
artist at River Trading Post.
An Abenaki grandfather shows
the 13 moons and 28 days
carried on Turtle’s back
Turtle Clan artist Mark Fischer
celebrates the 13 moons through
his Turtle Clan art.