Indian Summer (noun): a period of unusually dry, warm weather occuring in late autumn. Many people think that the term relates to the grand Asian subcontinent, but this is not so. Instead, the term began to be used when European settlers first came across the phenomenon in North America. The exact origin of the term remains unclear, but perhaps it relates to the time of the year that the Native Americans set prairie fires, harvested their crops or ended their raids on European settlements.
Regardless, with the Indian summer phenomenon on glorious display in Sydney, I'm in the mood for the tribal inspiration of the proud Cherokee, Sioux, Blackfoot, Algonquin and all the Native American peoples.
With a smile,
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