Published on January 3, 2013 by Casey
After man was created, he was lonely, so the Creator gave him a sister to keep him company.
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The man dreamed that five spirits would visit his sister and want to marry her. The dream told him that she should reject the first four and marry the fifth suitor. The first four suitors to arrive were Tobacco, Squash, Melon, and Bean. On being rejected by the girl, they each fell dead. The fifth and last suitor was Mandamin, or Corn. The girl took him for her husband and he buried the other four suitors.
From their bodies grew tobacco, squashes, melons and beans. All Indian people are descended from the marriage of the Indian girl and Corn.
(Adapted from Dorothy Moulding Brown, 1940, “Wisconsin Indian Corn Origin Myths,” Wisconsin Archeologist 21:19-27.)