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Green Corn, Native American Gold

When you bite into a hot, buttered ear of corn you are enjoying food with an ancient history in Georgia. Corn is the foodstuff responsible for prehistoric Native Americans flourishing in Georgia. Diamond Brown, a Cherokee dancer describes its importance as it is celebrated in the sacred Green Corn ceremony. Through interviews, reenactments, and visits to significant Native American sites in Georgia, the story of the changing culture of Indians from their arrival and existence as wandering hunters to the development of the mound building culture unfolds.

Teacher Tip: Use to introduce the unit on prehistoric Native American cultures in Georgia. Can be used again at the end of the unit to summarize and review cultural evolution prior to European contact.