She was Corn Woman known by the Cherokee
Now Corn Woman had four sons. They were strong
and healthy boys. Corn Woman cared for them with
the gift of corn. She would feed the growing boys
all forms of corn...stew, bread, cereal and so on.
As the boys grew of age, they began to question:
Where does our Mother get this Wonderful food
that tastes so good and keeps us strong?
They decided to ask Corn Woman where the corn
comes from. She would only smile and continue to
prepare thier food.
Many days went on like this. They would ask, she
would smile and go about her work preparing the
sacred and wonderful food.
Finally, they got the idea to follow her and see where
she gathered the corn for they had noticed that she
would disappear at night when they had gone to bed.
So, one night, the young men went to bed and pretended
to sleep. Soon, Corn Woman picked up her large basket and
quietly left the lodge.
Her sons followed out behind her keeping thier distance so
that she would not see them. They followed her into the
woods and into a clearing where there stood a lodge they
had never seen before.
Corn Woman entered the lodge. The young men crept up
and peeked through a crack to see what she was doing.
In front of her she had placed the basket on the floor.
Corn Woman began singing and rubbing herself. As she
did this, corn fell from her body into the basket. Her sons
watched this and became very afraid.
What evil is this? They wispered. Our mother must be a
witch! We can not let this be! And so, they conspired to
kill their own mother.
Saddened and already knowing what her sons plotted,
Corn Woman met them at the entrance ready to give
her life. They grabbed her and took her life. When her
blood touched the ground, corn began to grow.
This is the beginng of tending the fields and growing corn.