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American Indians made a variety of dishes using corn. It is one of The Three Sisters. (Corn, pumpkin and beans)

One legend of how the corn came to the Indians.

"Native peoples used all parts of the corn plant. Nothing was thrown away. The husks were braided and woven to make masks, moccasins, sleeping mats, baskets, and cornhusk dolls. Corncobs were used for fuel, to make darts for a game, and were tied onto a stick to make a rattle for ceremonies." Indian Corn

Corn silk is used by people for medicines. Corn Oil and Corn Syrup are used in food production. Corn is even used to produce ethanol which is an alternative to gasoline.

Bt-engineered corn and the Monarch butterfly

Check out the CornCam

sweet corn ears shown on stalks

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This is corn growing in a Three Sisters display garden located
outside the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.


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