Regarded as some as the signal to end of days the 'blood moon' has been a hot topic in the recent news. I wanted to take this incident as an opportunity to discuss cultural differences. For one, the color red. In the larger classic imagery of the mark of death notably, blood. Red has been seen as a marker of negative connotations. However, in views of the Northwest Coast Native mindset, red signifies healing, honor and celebration.
Another concept to capture the significance of the red moon is that it will appear four times within this years cycle. Four is a significant number to the Coast Salish people signifying the pillars of the longhouses in which many of our ceremonies take place from time in memoriam to the present day.
Lastly, the moon for many years has been focus of many fantasies of film. The views of our Salish mythology tell us that the moon is half human and half star born of a human mother and a star father. It also tells of a man who changed the world as far as Coast Salish mythology goes and that when it came time for him to return to the sky he took Frog Woman as his wife and made an agreement with the wolf chief to watch over the people and report our activities in between his absence. This is but scratching the surface for many other ideas but it goes to show there is much to explore about Native 'mythology'.