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Who we are:

We are a growing network across Turtle Island of indigenous corn keepers. Our work centers on ancestral corn varieties and returning to our sacred responsibilities to steward them.

Our Call:

We who are made of corn have been called to assemble in unity among our diverse Corn Nations of the four directions. From within our genetics emerge our stories, our instructions, and our responsibility to the tending of our precious gift. From our ancestral maize come the lessons for our future. The current decimation of corn is intricately related to the mainstream disconnection of the spiritual from our sacred maize.The vibrant diversity represented in our Corn Cultures has resisted extermination for hundreds of years. This resilience has turned the corner towards restoration. We must draw upon the strength of ancestral corn teachings. It is time to plant. It is time to unify.


Initiated by

Angela Ferguson, Onondaga, Traditional Corn Grower

Anne Marie Sayers, Ohlone, Indian Canyon

Jarrett Wheeler, Seneca, J.D.; Federal Indian Law

Karen Swift, Attorney; Voices of Maiz Coordinator

Kaylena Bray, Seneca, Cultural Conservancy

Keir Johnson, Osage, Intertribal Agriculture Council

Lea Zeise, Oneida, Intertribal Agriculture Council

Tezozomoc, Nahuatlacah, South Center Farmers Cooperative