By Mike Tucson

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Zunis and other Indigenous societies were farmers growing corn as a sustenance crop. Planted and harvested today, corn is called The Mother because it’s cultivated from Mother Earth. The traditional way corn is used acknowledges it as a gift and blessing from the Creator. Many pueblo cultures give Corn Dances. It’s offered to metaphorically feed animal carvings in thankfulness for their traits in nature. Cornmeal or corn pollen is usually carried in a small leather pouch. When natural resources like game animals, irrigation water and clay are used, a prayer and a sprinkling of cornmeal are given in gratitude.

Mike Tucson's Corn Spirit or perhaps Corn-Maiden is exquisitely carved from antler on an antler base. Etched facial features are filled with jet paste while turquoise cabochons are inlaid to the corn kernels. Individual corn cobs are from Picasso marble, turquoise and apple coral, nestled among crushed turquoise to represent water. Including base, this highly-detailed corn-honoring fetish is about 5" tall, 2" wide and 2" deep.

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