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ERIC Number: EJ813091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Corn Culture: A Story of Intelligent Design
Todd, Jude
American Indian Quarterly, v32 n4 p471-484 Fall 2008
Scientists are not sure of how corn was created. There were two competing genetic theories about how corn came to be. One theory maintains that corn had been teased out of a wheatlike grass called teosinte (genus Zea), and the other contends that one now-extinct ancestor of corn had crossed with another grass, "Tripsacum," several millennia ago. In this article, the author discusses a Hopi myth and then a Zuni one that both feature corn. The author then explains how corn evolved through an intimate dance of mutual interaction between ancient American Indians and ancient grasses. Pueblo Indians had designed not only sustainable food systems centered on increasingly diverse types of corn but also cultures that foster respect and appreciation for the plants that give them life--cultures that counter the human propensity for greed. Pueblo Indians' design of sustainable food systems illustrates a great example of intelligent design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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