. Corn

12 11 2012

Ben:

I believe that what has impacted me most in our study of Southeastern native communities is their multitudinous use of corn to create a plethora of flavors and dishes. The corn itself, traded to the area from Mexico and points south, made an incredible journey to become a staple food among nearly all native cultures. It is impressive that, dependent on the region, climate, and culture, corn was used in so many unique ways; but always respected as something sacred.

Through various cooking styles and preparation methods, native cultures were able to extract or impart different forms of nourishment from many simple ingredients. Aside from their genius in culinary preparations, their ability to live among their natural environment, instead of in spite of it, truly points to an enlightened culture. I can’t help but wonder what our world would look like today had the greed of manifest destiny not clouded the minds of our forefathers.

Selu and Kana’ Ti: Cherokee Corn Mother and Lucky Hunter by Red Earth
Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother’s Wisdom by Marilou Awiakta

Jimi:

This article explains the benefits of making hominy from whole-kernal corn.
Wikipedia: Nixtamalization

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