Green Corn Ceremony
To me this is a ceremony that has been preserved and not been exposed to the mainstream. I remember hearing the stories when I was young; the festival is called (posketv) Bus-get-uh, which is a ceremonial fast. The ceremonial (everlasting) fire is supported by the medicine bundle, which is buried beneath. The relighting of the fire is considered a living sacred being which carries our songs and prayers of our people.
This is a time when all things are forgiven. The ribbon or lady’s dance which leads the purifying of the ceremonial ground for the renewal of a new year for our people. The sapi or ceremonial scratches are part of the renewal of the annual cycle ceremony, which symbolically associated, with the return of summer and the ripening of the new corn.
You see inaccurate documentations in our school history books that portray a negative representation of our people. But from the lack of visual representation, you can never imagine a visual mentally that matches to the true story being told unless your at the actual event. Then you’re introduced to the rich history and see the lineage of families or generations that are the caretakers of the ceremony. You can see our people’s sacrifice for strangers. They cook and openly invite anyone to eat first before them; it is the way we were taught from the generation.
It’s tough to hear of the past generations here and now to see their future siblings having fun and now the present is the protectors of the ceremony to do it the right way, you hear the stories of the past family members like they were here yesterday walking around and doing the same ceremony. You know that the land has been protected and preserved by individuals from their love and passion, not as a job that they have to do.
Green Corn Ceremony becomes the Mecca of our cultural roots. You have the dance, the stickball game, the fastening and preparation of the ceremony, the medicine, the patchwork dresses, the turtle shells, the chickees and our language. But you have the elders passing the tradition visually and orally down to the next generation to make sure it is done the right way.
This painting shows most these elements from our culture. But I wanted to break you away from the ceremony and be an observer or an introduction to our world. I wanted to give you an interpretation of how the ceremony was.
This piece is a portal of what used to be and how important it is to make sure that history is told accurately orally and from elders so it can be used as an identity for our future. You want to eliminate the inaccuracy and preserve our culture to share and have pride. To give light to our elders that we are listening and showing them a glimpse of what they told how to respect and protect the Green Corn ceremony.