Corn Maiden Fruitage

By Cody Chavez

Animal: Corn Maiden, Material: Picasso Marble
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The harvest season comes in late summer and Cody Chavez's wonderful Picasso marble Corn Maiden represents the life-giving bounty and traditional importance of Corn.

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.

Cody's Corn Maiden has facial features set with turquoise. A Zuni Sunface symbol which represents the elements in harmony is inlaid from coral, jet and turquoise. Red coral, jet and turquoise inlays are also seen in this approximately 2 3/8" tall, 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" deep fetish.

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