Sunday, October 10, 2010

In Thanks for the Three Sisters


In Iroquois belief, the Three Sisters are called the Sustainers of Life. They are special gifts from the Creator so that humans would be nourished always, even in inhospitable northern climates. The Three Sisters are corn, beans and squash.

Their strength comes from their cooperativeness. Indians plant them together in mounds. Corn stalks support the twining beans, while the beans’ roots capture nitrogen from the air and release it into the soil to nourish the corn; and the squash vines trap essential moisture under their broad-leaves.

The sisters should be planted together, eaten together and celebrated together. Happy Thanksgiving!

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