COSINIYE, my youngest daughter, was also brought to us on the crest of a full moon.
Born in the year of the dragon in the Strong Sun Moon I watch her spirit keepers dart across the fields at this time of year. For this is the season of the dragonflies, their grace and self-confidence dancing through the air like my daughter's tiny feet dance around the room.
Her name comes to her by my Auntie Lindy, who was like a mother to me, especially after my mother passed on. COSINIYE (Kwa-see-nee-ah) is my Auntie's Indian name, which means Star Woman. I have such reverence for my Auntie, her wisdom, her connection to the Creator, has guided me through difficult times. I wanted to thank and honour her for all she's been to me. The day after our daughter was born, two years ago now, I asked my Auntie if we could pass on her name. Again, she blessed me, by saying yes. Coincidentally enough, Auntie Lindy's birthday is two days before COSINIYE'S!
Her drum is such an expression of the feeling she exudes. Dragonflies gliding in the shimmering star-light. Muh-nah, my child.