Native ceremonies Help people to remember their responsibilities to nature around them and to the Universe. In Australia the Aboriginal people speak of ‘Dreaming’ and again these stories are passed down word of mouth through generations.
When Western science meets the stories of the indigenous peoples of both cultures, the Western approach fails to understand that native stories are stories of origin, which are a creative interpretation of the experiences of peoples within places, which are interwoven with metaphoric meaning.
We tend to not understand, because many refuse to open their minds as to any other possibilities than their own meanings of man’s origin.
To the Native everything is considered to be “alive”, and imbued with ‘Spirit Energy’ even the pebble has its own form and energy. And everything is interrelated to everything around us. They understand the relationship of Time and Space between living and none living things. Understanding not only the physical, but the psychological and Spiritual, which involves ‘Dreams’, ‘Visions’ and that ‘knowing’. And Know that life is a circle of learning..And to help remember and create harmony, between Earth, Sky, and its peoples, many ceremonies and blessings of gratitude took place and one of these is the Corn Dance ..
The Corn Dance rituals were performed at particular times of the year during various growing cycles, bringing their community together to celebrate and remember the sacredness of Corn and all plant life upon which they depended.. In which we all depend upon today.. The indigenous not only expressed the relationship between plant and animal world, but they built great canals.. The Hohokam people built these canals in the Tuscan Valley, long before the arrival of Europeans. The Hohokam systems were able to supply the irrigation needs of over fourteen thousand acres of cropland. They understood agriculture and how to maintain key plants such as corn. The ceremony associated with Corn showed the community how important it was for all to work together in order for survival.
Native People loved their gardens and grew Corn, Tobacco Aramanth and quinoa and were spiritually symbolic of Native myths and cosmologies.
The Following Story is of the Tuscarora Corn Spirit.
In a time long ago, in a village that was well known for its plentiful corn harvest, became negligent of respecting the Corn Spirit. The people had become so used to the bountiful harvests they took them for granted. And they let the weeds grow in their gardens, and didn’t store their seeds correctly, nor did they give thanks for their harvest to the Corn Spirit.
They soon found that the mice ate the Corn they had carelessly stored. So the men began to hunt, but found they could find no game, and so soon the people began to starve.
There was only one man who kept the covenant of respect to the Corn Spirit, his name was Dayohagwenda, and his garden produced rich harvests of corn. One day when Dayohagwenda was picking herbs, he came upon an old man dressed in rags and weeping. He asked the old man what was wrong. The old man said.” Your people have forgotten me, I am the Corn Spirit and I will soon die”
Dayohagwenda returned to his village and told them that the Corn Spirit would soon die if they didn’t return to their ways of honouring him, through careful planting, weeding and harvesting and storing their corn. So they immediately began to do this and their corn once again thrived in abundance, as they gave thanks to the Corn Spirit for blessing their food..
Morden Native peoples and farmers are today under threat by huge corporations that are genetically altering seeds so that they will not germinate unless a particular agricultural chemical is added. This technology is spreading to other seed suppliers which would prevent farmers from harvesting seeds from their own original seeds, thus requiring them to purchase new seeds each season..