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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Coming of the Corn

It's day 2 of my celebration week and Tina Ferraro is up!
Like many Americans, my family hails from several countries. Mostly European, but my maternal grandfather had been part American Indian. My mother didn’t know much about his background--he had died when she was young and they’d lost contact with that side of the family--but she told me what she thought to be the tribal name.

Years passed, and I became curious about my Indian roots. I researched the tribal name my mother told me, but found that tribe had never lived anywhere near her hometown. So I made some phone calls, and found a relative who told me with certainty that the tribe was the Sauk and Fox. I checked the history on this tribe, and yes, they had originally resided in the exact Illinois/Iowa area.

From there, I proceed to learn all I could about the tribe, and to try to make their history feel like part of my own. In fact, the Sauk and Fox have a reservation in Oklahoma now, with annual reunions in July, and one of these days you might catch me attending!

In the meantime, Id love to share a legend relayed by the Sauk chief, Black Hawk, who made his name by leading a band of warriors against the U.S. forces (including a soldier named Abraham Lincoln). This is from his 1833 autobiography (with thanks to www.native-languages.org):

I will relate the manner in which corn first came. According to tradition handed down to our people, a beautiful woman was seen to descend from the clouds, and alight upon the earth, by two of our ancestors who had killed a deer, and were sitting by a fire roasting a part of it to eat. They were astonished at seeing her, and concluded that she was hungry and had smelt the meat. They immediately went to her, taking with them a piece of the roasted venison. They presented it to her, she ate it, telling them to return to the spot where she was sitting at the end of one year, and they would find a reward for their kindness and generosity. She then ascended to the clouds and disappeared. The men returned to their village, and explained to the tribe what they had seen, done and heard, but were laughed at by their people. When the period had arrived for them to visit this consecrated ground, where they were to find a reward for their attention to the beautiful woman of the clouds, they went with a large party, and found where her right hand had rested on the ground corn growing, where the left hand had rested beans, and immediately where she had been seated, tobacco.

I think this is a wonderful way to explaining the arrival of crops, from the beautiful woman, to the hunters returning with a large party as witnesses. Almost makes me wonder if my own gift for storytelling didn’t derive from my American Indian roots.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at Sauk and Fox legend, and many thanks to Yan for giving me the opportunity to present it.
Tina was generous enough to offer a copy of her latest book The ABC's of Kissing Boys!

1. +1 entry for commenting on this post
2. +1 entry for following me
3. +1 entry for blogging about this contest
4. +2 entries for ... (this is a secret...)

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway! It will end on February 14th! Please leave a way for me to contact you as well.

P.S. The extra entry puzzles/riddles will not accepted for this celebration week. Again, if you blog about this contest, leave me a link to it.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

51 comments:

  1. yay! im first again! :D
    im a follower, obviously! anddd, i already posted about your week on my blog

    stephanie

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  2. What a nice story. I'm already clever enough to be a follower. Happy New Year Yan! :)

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  3. I would like to enter. :)

    koalatees(at)gmail.com

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  4. Thank you to Yan for allowing me to explore and share a little of my heritage!

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  5. Wow that's so cool! I never knew that. Thanks for posting this.

    I would like to enter to try and win a copy for my cousin who would LOVE this book as much as I did!

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  6. This week is such an awesome idea! I've enjoyed the stories so far.

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  7. I have been absolutely dying to read this. please pick me!

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  8. I blogged about it here
    http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/01/another-week-of-contests.html

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  9. They don't have Tina's book at any of the bookstores around here, so I haven't gotten it yet. I would love to win it! I'm a follower!

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  10. Thank you, Erika Lynn!

    Melissa, thank you for trying your bookstores for ABC's! And may I be so bold as to ask you to request my books when you don't see them? That's the best way to get stores to stock them.

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  11. I am fan of Tina's and can't wait to read her new book.

    Janie

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  12. Hey Yan!
    So I totally forgot about this the other day, so I'm commenting now. :)
    I'd love to win a copy of this book! But of course I don't have a blog yet, so this is really the only way for me to enter. *crosses fingers*
    Thanks for reminding me about the celebration!

    Ashley

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  13. I've wanted this book for a while now, so count me in!
    -Taylor

    fortheloveofbooksreviews@gmail.com

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  14. I follow and I love your reviews and your helpfulness!!! ( i $5 on the trivia contest...want me to split it with you???)

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  15. I would love to enter, thanks for the contest,i follow you
    megan
    bookworm8675309@yahoo.com

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  16. That was a pretty interesting story.

    I'm a follower.

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  17. I would love to enter. :)

    I'm alrady a follower and I have a link to this on my blog's sidebar under contests.

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  18. That sounds really cute. <3 I am a follower of your blog. I also blogged your contest here: http://morbid-romantic.net/2009/01/26/book-giveaways-0126-0201

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  19. This contest sounds great, thank you for hosting it. I am a follower and I have posted about your week on my blog

    http://lushbudgetproduction.blogspot.com/2009/02/happy-chinese-new-year-book-give-way.html

    curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I am horrible with secrets so I am going to put my stock in hope. I have posted the link in my context box with links. I am also a follower with leadership qualities ;)

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  21. hey again!
    am a follower, and i already gave you my email... and of course i'll be putting a sidebar with the link to the giveaway ^^

    thanks!

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  22. That is an awesome story.
    I follow you.

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  23. I would love to win this book! please enter me! and i am following you now!
    jenniferduttle@hotmail.com

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  24. Ooh, sounds like a great book, sign me up please&thanks!

    I can be contacted at lucidconspiracy(dot)blogspot(dot)com or lucidconspiracy(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  25. Oh, and I'm now following your blog :D

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  26. I've blogged about your contest here:

    http://lucidconspiracy.blogspot.com/2009/02/interview-nora-baskin-contests.html

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  27. Enter me please. I'm now following you (=

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

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  28. Cool cover! Me want :P
    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  29. Blogged: http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2009/02/giveaways.html
    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  30. hi, I'd love to read this!
    theodoragroger@yahoo.com

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  31. Please enter me :)

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  32. Please enter me.

    Elinor

    wishonstars13(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. Please, enter me! I'm already a follower!

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  34. Please enter me! I've already blogged about all the contests in general in one blog. & I'm a follower.

    http://flyingsolooooo.blogspot.com/2009/02/book-contests.html

    michelle.kuool@yahoo.com

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  35. Great post and contest! Finding out about your family's background is really interesting!

    I'm a follower in Google Reader


    Sara
    sosarora_11 @ hotmail.com

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  36. Please Enter Me!

    hellokitty534-books@yahoo.com

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  37. Enter me, please. I'm already a follower

    harmonybookreviews@yahoo.com

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  38. Please enter me!
    gelno1@hotmail.com

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  39. Please count me in!
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

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  40. I have linked you at http://senalovescandy.blogspot.com/2009/02/sweet-stuff.html
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

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  41. I follow you
    sena.sagani[at]gmail[dot]com

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  42. I'm definitely reading this more carefully soon as I'm not watching Dollhouse! (following you, too)

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  43. Enter me please!

    I'm already a follower.

    I posted about the giveaway here: http://paradoxrevealed.blogspot.com/2008/12/official-contest-list.html

    paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

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