Hot Indian Summer near the Fishing Pond
Sometimes the rain is followed by an interval of calm and warmth which is called the Indian Summer; its characteristics are a tranquil atmosphere and general smokiness.J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur
American settlers mistook the sight of sun-rays through the hazy autumn air for Native American campfires and called this “Indian Summer.” Native Americans made use of the dry, hazy weather to attack the whites before the hard winter set in. This was the traditional period during which Native Americans harvested crops. Native Americans at that time were known to have set fires to meadow grasses, underbrush and woods to accentuate hazy, smokey conditions. (Even though the Native Americans did this at other times of the year for both hunting and agricultural reasons).