By Sydney Witte
Cronkite News 

Honor your 'mother': Working to keep traditional ways, types of Hopi corn


Last updated 7/14/2023 at 7:39am

Sierra Alvarez/Cronkite News

Educators plant corn in the Hopi fashion by using a stick to wedge a hole for the corn and placing damp dirt over the seeds in Arcosanti.

MAYER, Ariz.-Some Indigenous farmers are trying to bring traditional food back to their communities.

Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a farmer from the Hopi Tribe, is focusing on bringing Hopi corn back to the dining table – not only for the health benefits but also to connect his people to their culture.

Johnson, who also is a faculty member at the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resources and the Environment, refers to corn as "our mother."

"Corn represents our mother, and we need to take care of her so she can take care of us," Johnson said. "That's one of the main reasons I do what...

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