Green Corn Ceremony
By: Amanda, Anna, and Noelle

Why they Celebrate

The corn crop was important to the Creek and Cherokee Indians because it produces a lot of calories.  The Creek and Cherokee tribes celebrated the Green Corn Ceremony to give thanks for new crop.  Very few outsiders have witnessed the ceremony because the dances are so sacred.  Natives are very hesitant to share their cultures with outsiders because they believe that it needs to stay within the tribe.  Even though the Cherokee and Creek tribes both participate in the ceremony, they celebrate for afferent reasons.  The Creek celebrate the re renewal of crops and life.  The Cherokee celebrate forgiveness and living in harmony.

When was the ceremony Held?

The Green Corn Ceremony was held near the end of summer.  To prepare for the celebration old fires were put out, the villages were cleaned, and worn pottery was broken.  The celebration would begin as soon as the first corn crop became edible.

How did the tribes Celebrate?

The Green Corn Ceremony included singing, dancing, moral lectures, thanksgiving, and feasting. For the Creek, the ceremony was supposed to create a sense of sacredness of life, they celebrated the renewal of the crops and themselves. Among the Cherokee, the Green Corn Ceremony was the time when people were to forgive debts, grudges, adultery, and all crimes except for murder.


I am grateful for my parents and I'm grateful that they have taught me to be responsible and to believe in myself.  I'm thankful for my teachers for teaching me that dedication and hard work pay off.  I'm thankful for my friends and that they help me through hard times and accept me for who I am.  I'm grateful for my siblings who are always there for me and set good examples for me. I'm thankful for music and books for taking me to other worlds and for keeping me occupied when I'm bored.  I'm thankful for food on the table, a closet full of clothes. and for a roof over a head.

Sincerely, Noelle Higham

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