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Native American Legends

Omaha Indian Corn Legend


Finding the Precious Gift of Corn

A man wandering around found some kernels of corn colored red, blue and white. He knew right away these were of value, so he buried them in a dirt mound.

One day he thought it was time to check on his treasured kernels, but what he found instead were tall stalks with ears of corn bearing the colors of the kernels he had found. He took an ear of each color and gave the rest to his people for them to experiment with. They tried it as food and thought it was so good that it would become the root of life.

Knowing corn was good and served as life to the people, they took the shoulder bone of an elk to dig mounds and plant kernels like the ones that had provided the ears of corn. Soon the people had plenty of corn and were never hungry again.

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