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  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Plants, Trees & Shelters / Cornhusks & Leaves

    Resources: 10 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    American Indian Corn and the Natural Sciences
    Columbus did not realize that the gift of maize was far more valuable than the spices or gold he hoped to find. He had no way of knowing that the history of maize traced back some 8,000 years or that it represented the most remarkable plant breeding accomplishment of all time. He might have been embarrassed if he had understood that then, as now, this plant developed by peoples he judged poor and uncivilized far outstripped in productivity any of the cereals bred by Old World farmers --wheat, rice, sorghum, barley, and rye.
    Big Long Man's Corn Patch
      US - Southwest
    A Southwestern Native American Story
    More sites on www.ilhawaii.net
    cornhusk doll, a traditional toy of the Seneca Nation of Indians
    Seneca US - Northeast
    Illustration used with article involving Seneca land case.
    Evolution of teosinte to maize mediated by copper
    Maize is the most domesticated and evolutioned plant member from the plantae kingdom but its origin has been a mystery since maize has been found highly evolved, with no intermediate forms known. In spite of extensive search of maize wild forms, none have been found. While Old World cereals have wild varieties preserved in nature, maize is known only through the cultivated kind (Zea mays). Since the last century several theories have been exposed to explain maize origin, the most popular of those takes Teocintle de Chalco as direct ancestor of maize.
    Job's Tears: A Wild Grass That Produces Nature's Most Perfect Bead
    There is one remarkable seed called Job's tears that is already polished and has a hole through it. This perfect bead is produced by a tall, roadside grass (Coix lacryma-jobi) that grows like a weed throughout the Old and New World tropics.
    More sites on waynesword.palomar.edu
    Kahon:wes's Pictures of Kahnawake
    Tuscarora Canada - Eastern
    The following are pictures I took while we went braid corn in Tuscarora. We had a awesome time there and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality we were given by our friends the Rickard's.
    Kayenderes Corn Husk Doll Maker
    Mohawk US - Northeast
    Kayenderes is a Tyendinaga Mohawk of the wolf clan, her english or "PST" name (as she jokingly calls it) is Charolette Green. At an early age she began to learn about old Mohawk ways. One of her many talents includes corn-husk doll making. She learned this art at around the age of seven from a well known doll maker, her second cousin Izabelle Sky.
    More sites on www.tyendinaga.net
    Making a Husk Doll
    Iroquois Canada - Eastern
    Ne' kathywi' he nkayek kasynik ne unnya' kaya'ta'. -- I'm talking about how to make a husk doll.
    More sites on www.speech.cs.cmu.edu
    Oneida Indian Nation - Museum Quality Corn Husk Dolls
    Oneida US - Northeast
    These are the work of the beloved elder craftsperson, Emily Johnson. These particular dolls are from the collection of Gloria Halbritter, who made the outfits. They illustrate the skill and attention to detail which mark them as being of museum quality craftwork.
    More sites on oneida-nation.net
    Origin of the Cornhusk Mask
    Tuscarora US - Northeast
    Before the creation of man, the creator realized there were other things that would harm (or interfere) with the ways of the living. The people also knew there were two powerful forces: the good and the evil. Our grandfather, Hatwi, promised the people that he would guard and protect them as deep as the roots of the mighty hickory.
    More sites on tuscaroras.com

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