Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac

Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac

Author:Joseph Bruchac [Bruchac, Joseph]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


15. POCAHONTAS: Corn

Although the corn, like all good things, was made by Ahone, it is said that corn was not owned by all the people at first. Those who lived in the direction of the Summer Land owned the corn and did not share it. Kahgah, the Great Crow, saw this and decided that it was not right. So Kahgah stole the corn from the South people. Great Crow flew from village to village, dropping kernels of corn for all the people to plant.

Because Kahgah, the Great Crow, brought the corn, all the crows think that they have a right to eat as much corn as they want. So when the corn first begins to ripen, many crows come flying in to take their share of the harvest. That is why our children have to keep watch on the fields to protect the corn. They make noise and wave their arms and throw sticks to drive those hungry crows away. If they did not do so, the great-grandchildren of Kahgah would take all the corn.

But because we remember who first brought corn to the people, we always leave some in thefields after the harvest so that Kahgah's great-grandchildren may have a share.



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