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The story of corn

Author: Betty Harper Fussell
Publisher: New York : North Point Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st North Point pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Discusses the history, mythology, and cultivation of corn; describes its place in Indian folklore and culture; and explains how it is grown today.
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Genre/Form: Folklore
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Betty Harper Fussell
ISBN: 0865475458 9780865475458
OCLC Number: 39787596
Notes: Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1992.
Description: 356 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A babel of corn. Corn mad --
The popcorn connection --
What is the corn? --
Corn, U.S.A. --
2. Seeds of life. The language of myth : The seed of blood ; Corn cannibals ; The circles of Chaco Canyon --
The language of science : Solving the corn mystery ; In the name of divine progress ; The corn war ; The corn race --
3. The daily round. The language of the seasons : The sacred corn of Inca and Aztec ; The desert farmers of the Southwest ; Buffalo Bird Woman's garden --
The language of the machine : The ocean-desert of Nebraska ; The march of mechanical time ; "Corn sick" land --
4. Flesh and blood. The language of food : From piki to cornflakes ; Green-corn cooking ; Ash cooking ; Cornmeal cooking --
The language of drink : Chicha in Peru, moonshine in Arkansas --
The language of commodities : Squeezing the molecule --
5. The sacred round. The language of ceremony : Dancing up the corn ; Gathering in the corn ; Tearing out the heart ; Drinking down the sun --
The language of carnivals and kings : Hoopeston's sweet-corn magic ; Courtland's cornhuskers ; The world's only corn palace --
6. Closing the circle. The night of Shalako --
The blessingway.
Responsibility: Betty Fussell.

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Discusses the history, mythology, and cultivation of corn; describes its place in Indian folklore and culture; and explains how it is grown today.

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