The Story of Corn

Story of Corn – the first 160 pages

About the author:

Interview in the Santa Barbara Independent:

Mitchell, SD Corn Palace:

from the home page you can access the corn cam which is probably more interesting in the fall when they’re installing the new corn murals.

video of the space – start at about 2:25:

video of murals including some of how they get laid out – start at about 1:35 sec:

The rise of popcorn – not really anything directly discussed in the book but interesting:

The science and history of popcorn, the snack that saved the movies – which actually is pretty “scientific”:

Ancient grains – nothing to do with corn but the presentation is really beautiful:

An old fragment of a movie on Corn and the Origins of Settled Life in Meso-America, parts 1 and 2. Presented by Michael Coe, it discusses corn from the perspective of an extinct original corn although I think it is now accepted that it evolved from teosinte. Mangelsdorf and MacNeish are the “presenters” for part 1. Part 2 is perhaps even earlier, from an archaeological perspective, so it’s interesting to see.

part 1:

Includes some discussion of the botany that is useful for understanding some of the discussion in the book.

part 2:

Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden:

Audio Described: This is the film shown in the Visitor Center theater at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. This moving account describes the life of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes, as told by Buffalo-Bird Woman, one of the last Hidatsas born in the Knife River villages. Her story was recorded in the anthropological notes of Gilbert Wilson while he lived with the Hidatsa, Mandan, and Arikara in the early 1900s.

A Smithsonian video of Frank Hamilton Cushing, who went to Zuni as a Smithsonian Institution employee:

About an hour and 15 min: Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society by David R Wilcox entitled Frank Hamilton Cushing in the 1880s and Anthropology at the 1893 World Fair:

International maize and wheat improvement center in Mexico City:

Khrushchev at the Garst farm:

The last 160 pages

Glass Gem Corn: not especially relevant to the topics in the book but the corn is really beautiful… 4:01 minutes:

One of many images of the corn kernal with the parts named:

Types of corn with Rick Hill 3:11 minutes:

2013: Rick Hill (Tuscarora) is an artist, writer and curator who lives at the Six Nations Community of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, Rick has served as the Manager of the Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; Director of the Indian Museum at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM; and the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and Manager of the Haudenosaunee Resource Center. Currently he is the Coordinator for the Joint Stewardship Board at Six Nations to develop an environmental interpretation centre and is the manager of the Six Nations Virtual Archives Project.

A written discussion of his life and food, especially corn:

Sacred Seed making hominy using wood ash. The video is 7:32 minutes. I started at about 2 minutes although some of the preceding material describes the tools and why they’re chosen:

Information about the organization and more about corn may be found at their website:

A 1908 seed catalogue with a long exposition on corn:

And who can resist corn smut… yum!

From our conversation:

A brief history of baking soda:

As Dianne explained, this is a 20:58 minute video (in Spanish) of a family harvesting and eating corn. The text with the video says This is how we pluck our cob in the field for our consumption. I am not very good with facebook so I’m not sure if this link will open for you. I think I posted it to the library page but you never know…

The facebook account is Al Estilo Oaxaca @ialestilooaxaca:

An alternate link is:

Something completely different. An article by Suzanne Simard about a job she once had working for a timber company and doing a clear-cutting job: