Native American Food: Corn

One of the Three Sisters

Squash along with corn and beans, like those shown here from Amecameca, Mexico, were known as the three sisters. Photo by Alejandro Linares Garcia

Corn was a staple among a number of different Tribes. Our people in the southwest depended on corn as a major staple. In many of our cultures corn is considered a sacred food because of the need it fills. There are many stories when corn prevented starvation. Similarly, the buffalo is considered sacred among some of our people and the salmon considered sacred in another.

When the sacred ability to subsist on these staple foods was taken away from the Native people we began to suffer greatly.

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