Published on November 18, 2012 by Casey
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Tribal affiliation: Ojibwa, Potawatomi
Alternate spellings: Mandamin, Mondawmin, Mondamin, Mon-daw-min, Monda’min, Medamin, Ndamin, Taamin, Taaman
Also known as: Corn Man
Type: Corn spirit
Related figures in other tribes: First Mother (Wabanaki), Selu (Cherokee)
Mandaamin is the spirit of the corn. Unlike most Algonquian tribes, the Ojibway usually portray him as male. His name literally means “Corn.” In most legends Mandaamin sacrifices himself to bring corn to the people, but in some Potawatomi versions, he marries First Woman and becomes the father of humankind.