Maize Day is recognized annually on the day after Thanksgiving.
Maize Day is a day set aside for all Americans regardless of ethnicity, naturalized citizens, descendants of the first peoples of the Americas or descendants of immigrants to celebrate the traditional role of corn in these cultures.
Unlike other food and plant life, corn was common across the Americas. It was a central food source used by all the nations and an important part of their everyday diet. It is also a day to celebrate the traditional crops and foods of Native Americans.
There are many varieties of maize. Some varieties are used to make corn flour, others a best eaten on the cob and still others are perfect for popping.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Serve a meal featuring ingredients used by Native Americans such as fish, squash, beans, nuts, tomatoes, mushrooms, persimmons, honey, cattail, asparagus, chicory, dandelion and of course maize. Use #MaizeDay to post on social media.
National Maize Day was started by artist Corinne Lightweaver in 2004.
This holiday began as a small research project through which I intended—with my family—to commemorate the United States holiday of Thanksgiving through the viewpoint of the indigenous people. – Corinne Lightweaver
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