Green Corn Ceremony- Creek & Cherokee

These are drawings and depictions of the celebration during this time.

Both Indian tribes celebrated this ceremony for the renewal of life and new crops, but there were some differences. For instance, the Cherokee recognized it as a "time to forgive and forget," so to speak and let all grudges go. The Creek took it as a time to give thanks for all their blessings, almost like a mini Thanksgiving. This ceremony was held in late June to early July, and continued for 4 days. The tribesman would dance, fast, feast, play games, and offer corn-sacrifices.

My Creek Letter

Dear (Creek god), you have blessed me in many ways. I thank you for my family and friends; I can always rely on them for help. Next, I am thankful for a new crop, and that means more FOOD! I am also thankful for our village elders, and how we can trust them to make the decisions best for the community. I am thankful for the women of our town, and how they work diligently out in the fields preparing for the next crop while I help my father fish and hunt. I thank you for refreshing water after a long day and the stars at night when I got to sleep.

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