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The Acculturation of Corn The Acculturation of Corn How the Melting Pot of the How the Melting Pot of the Americas was and is Shaped by Americas was and is Shaped by Native American Food, as told Native American Food, as told through Cornbread and Tamales through Cornbread and Tamales By: Charles Hine and Michael King
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Native American Influence on Food Jerky Akutaq, also called "Eskimo Ice Cream” (suggested as the origin for ice cream) Sweet Potatoes Tacos Tamales Tlacoyos (gordita) Pozole Mole Guacamole Salsa Mezcal Tortillas Corn Corn has the largest influence; it became a staple for European settlers, replacing wheat
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Mythology Mother Corn, Corn Woman, and the Corn Goddess Also called First Mother Native American’s believed that corn tied them to the earth “The connection between the physical and spiritual worlds lay in the connection between human beings and Mother Corn.” Several stories persist
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Penobscot Legend Born from the earth; she bore the first child When the people became numerous more food was needed First Mother told her husband that they only way to feed them was for her to die at his hand She gave instructions of what to do with her body Corn grew from the spot where she was buried Other legends Some talk of a young or old woman who made food from her body in various ways When she was discovered, the people where going to kill her, she told them how to dispose of her body and corn grew from her burial site The Aztecs had legends about a corn goddess usually seen with two pairs of corn in her hands, associated with the number seven
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A Few tribes that associate corn with a goddess or a creation story Arikara Pawnee Cheyenne Mandan Hidasta Abnaki Cherokee Huron
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A History of Cornbread “Cornbread-love, like all love, is universal and deeply individual.” – Cornbread Gospels Native Americans have been using cornmeal for thousands of years European settlers were used to wheat as the staple crop European crops failed in the New World Native Americans introduced them to corn
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