During the summer months, families gathered to trade, celebrate weddings and other special occasions, and the gatherings included extended family and friends. Also during the summer, the Anishinabeg took the opportunity to gather provisions for the cold seasons. They dried meat, picked berries, cultivated plants to prepared medicines etc. The food collected allowed families to get to their hunting sites and enjoy the abundance until the end of November or until winter began. Winter was a period of subsistence and survival.