Green Corn Ceremony

The Creek and the Cherekee indians owe much if their history, society, and culture to one major source: maze. Maze was more than just food to them, it was part of their everyday lives. This ceremony celebrates this significant factor in their society

Why should they Celebrate?

Creek

This ceremony gave the Creek a time to celebrate not only the harvest but also to give thanks for the many blessing in their lives. They gave thanks and prayed to their Gods for the new harvest and the renewal of life itself. They celebrated many thing such as life, health, happiness, friendship, and kinship.

Cherokee

Similar to the Creek, tge Cherokee celebrated the new harvest  and the renewal of life. However, instead of focusing on thanks, the Cherokee saw this as a time to not only ask for forgiveness but also a time to give fogivbess to others, and also to celebrate on the balance and harmony in life.

When and Why was it held?

The Green Ceremony was held in late summer, and the celebrations start around the time of the new harvest. A main, other than celebration, of why the Ceremony was held was to pray that the harvest would be good the next year.

How do they celebrate?

Creek

To celebrate this holiday if thanks they would often retell stories of the tribes history and they would also relight the councils flame. Many dances and other celebrations were also held.

Cherokee

To celebrate this time of forgiveness the Cherokees would retell the histories of their tribe's past and would also relight their councils flame. Many sacred dances and other celebrations  a were often held.

Photo Ilistrations

Olivia's Letter

I am thankful for so many things. We have chases out food for centuries. Now we can stay in one spot and have all we need. With the discovery of growing crop such as naze, peas, squash, and many more allows us many opportunities. One of these oppurtunities is building towns and villages, and being able to stay in one place without chasing our food. Also, we always know we will have a plentiful supply of food each year at the harvest. Now with farming we can build permanent towns and villages for our families to live in. On this day of the Green Cotn Ceremkny we say thanks for how thankful we are for the discovery of growing crops.

Ashlyn's Letter

There are many things I am thankful for as a creek Indian. Every year we celebrate the Green Corn Ceremkny. We all danced and sang as we thanked our brothers and sisters for everything we were thankful for. Some of the things that  I am thankful for as an Indian would be that I knjw have food at all times I stead of wondering where my next meal is coming from. Another thing that I am thankful for is that I have a large family looking over me. Even though we are not all related, I enjoy having my family and friends around. I am also thankful that the creek Indian tribe found the land bridge. It is a good thing that the animals followed the bridge into the new land, because we used to only follow our food, but we discovered that  we can stay in one place and farm, spuash, beans, and maze (corn). I am very thankful for everything and more.

Sarah's Letter

Father tells me this is the time of year to give thanks for the many blessings throughout our lives. I ask him, “do we not do this all throughout the year” and he laughs heartily and replies, “My blossoming rose, you are correct but this is the time to celebrate!” Then he dances me around the room until mother laughs and tells us to keep it down as brother is sleeping. I believe that is the first thing I am thankful throughout my life: my wonderful family. From my father with his silly dances to my mother who insists I must learn to sit still so I can knit and even brother who is barely old enough to do the chores my village elders require s so we learn responsibly , which I cannot help him with (I often cheat ad help him anyway). That is the second thing i fell thanks for: my elders and mentors, dead and alive. They guide me, help to find my path and role in life and they even teach me of wonderful things such as dances and stories of our past that my friend and I often tell to the younger children as we teach them to spin, knit, and even pick crops. That brings me to the third and fourth thing I am thankful for in my life: my best friend and the young children. My friend gives me an opportunity to laugh and be children whereas the children do quite the opposite, teaching me of responsibility, teaching, and motherhood. Together they balance me out or as our chief says, “gives us light in day but also teaches us to see at night.” That brings me to the fifth thing I am thankful for: the chief of our village who was also mentions in number one as my father. However as a chief I am thankful to him for different reasons than my father. The chief leads us, protects us, makes sure the houses are built, the children are taught, the clothes are spun, and the crops are grown and distributed. That point leads me to the sixth thing I am thankful for in my life: the food given to us by nature. The food feeds my people and gives work to the farmers. My elders tell me this time of year, at the Green Corn ceremony, thanks is always to given to the food and to the nature which provided it so the crop will grow well again the following year. It seems to me that this works, as the harvest always seems to be better than the last bringing happiness to our village. Speaking of this, I have one more thing to give thanks to and that is happiness. At times I frown or become upset and mother asks me, “Why do you look that way, my daughter? Is your belly not full? Is your mind not thinking? Is your heart not full of love?” Mother’s words always make me smile, as I realize that the answers to all of her questions remain yes, and that answer will never change. And with that, I am brought to my final thanks, and that thanks is to the future. The future that continues to have family, leadership, kinship, food to fill our bellies, and happiness to fill our hearts. And that, I believe is the reason we give thanks, because being mindful of what is now helps to better prepare us for comes later, whatever that may be.