Being the equivalent of a calendar, the Moon held great significance for the early Native people and by its appearance many of their activities were influenced. The Harvest Moon was associated with the return of the salmon to the rivers for spawning. The Spring Moon brought extreme tidal activity.
In terms of the art works of the Northwest Coast, the Moon has been depicted in many ways. The Haida, in particular, very often illustrate the Full Moon embraced by a Crescent Moon, creating powerful asymmetrical images.