The Corn Mother

Tsalagi Red in the Corn FieldSelu, The Corn Mother shed seven drops of her blood and from the spots where the blood fell grew seven stalks of corn to feed the people.

Then came the white Europeans, who took Selu’s corn and used it to feed their cattle and make plastic and sweeteners, while the people went hungry. Now they have decided to use it to feed their SUVs.


The Cherokee place a high importance on the concept of “balance” which refers to both balance with Mother Earth, and balance within the tribe, the clan, and the individual. And, of course, these are all related to one another. Much has been out of balance lately, and I have grappled with how I can keep… Continue reading Balance