ERIC Number: ED313213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Corn of the Americas: Gift to the World. Cultural Encounter II. Columbus Quincentenary Edition.
Barreiro, Jose, Ed.
Northeast Indian Quarterly, v6 n1-2 Spr-Sum 1989
As the most significant American Indian contribution to world civilization, corn is discussed from historical, socio-cultural, and scientific perspectives. The introduction describes a collaboration between the American Indian Program of Cornell University and the Indigenous Preservation Network Center, which brought students and reservation farmers together for a "cultural encounter" in corn planting. The main body of this document is comprised of the following chapters written by scholars: (1) corn's cosmological importance among the Mayan people; (2) the role of maize as organizing principle of Indian culture; (3) scientific validity of corn agriculture in environmental adaptation; (4) technical contributions made by Indians through their long history of corn growing; (5) cultural practices associated with crop rotation; (6) the history of Indian relocation and the persistent corn culture; (7) economic motivations of Indian corn agriculture; (8) the cultural meaning of corn as mothering and fertility; and (9) a semantic interpretation of history related to corn. The final section contains excerpts from "Keepers of the Earth--a collection of children's stories about Indian corn culture, a partial list of 118 references, and a glossary. Contributors include Nia B. Francisco, Gould Colman, Jose Barreiro, Roderico Teni, Arturo Warman, Jorge Quintana, Jane Mt. Pleasant, Stephen Lewandowski, Milton Barnett, John Mohawk, Alfonso Ortiz, Roy Wright, and Joseph Bruchac. (GGH)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.