It has become a Thanksgiving tradition for us to make Indian corn necklaces for everyone at our Thanksgiving table.
As we work with the corn, making the necklaces, we talk about how each little kernel is a seed. That if we planted it and watered it, it would grow into a great big corn plant. We talk about how we cook corn, the different things we can do with corn. We talk about how people can grind the corn kernels into corn flour and make corn bread and corn tortillas. I tell them all about the sweet yellow corn we got as kids in South Africa and how we called it ‘mealies’. We discuss how corn is a staple diet of many, many people around the world… there is so much to learn about corn as we make our pretty corn Thanksgiving necklaces.
The kernels are like jewels.
First, we shuck the corn and collect the pretty colored corn beads in a bowl.
The kernels need to be soaked for a day or two to make them soft enough for us to work with.
When they are nice and soft, we thread a needle with strong thread and, using a wooden board to press on, we thread the corn kernels along our thread.
The colors of the corn look so wonderfully rich and earthy and remind us of Autumn’s bounty.
When the necklaces is long enough, we tie the two ends together and wear our handmade, Thanksgiving treasures.
What Thanksgiving traditions do you have in your family?
Blessings and magic,