My eyes some times play tricks on me. When I first read the post about Man in the Maze, I thought it said, “Man in the Maize,” and read with interest, looking for the connection with corn. It is a beautiful symbol, and I never knew before what it meant.
Is corn also used as a symbol in jewelry or art by native Americans?
There is much written about corn as a part of Native American life. This is a very brief overview.
Corn is the symbol of sustenance, the staff of life and is an important symbol of many tribes. Corn is considered a gift from the Great Spirit so its role is both as a food and a ceremonial object.
Very notably, corn is connected to the Hopi for their skill in being able to raise corn in desert sand.
Corn Pollen is a blessing given for protection, understanding and forgiveness. It is used along with prayers, in house blessings, and to bless people by placing pollen on top of the head.
Cornmeal, usually made from perfect ears of white corn, is considered sacred and is used to bless and nurture sacred objects such as fetishes.
The corn maiden gives of her own body to feed her family and provides seeds which ensure a continued source of food.