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New York Agriculture in the Classroom

Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix

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Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition

Many Native Americans regard corn as a gift, a food with sacred value. The Winnebago, or Hochunk people, tell a story about a clan leader who saw a spirit called Corn Person in a dream. Corn Person showed the man how to plant, grow, and preserve corn so his people would have food to eat all year. In this photographic essay, twelve-year-old Russell learns the traditions of corn from his grandfather, who is from the Winnebago reservation in Nebraska.


Sally M. Hunter

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