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How Corn Came to Be

A Native American Choctaw Harvest Legend

A long time ago, two boys went hunting with bows and arrows.

They saw a blackbird sitting in a tree. They were hungry, so they shot the bird with an arrow and made a fire to cook the bird.

Just as the bird was ready to eat, a woman walked out of the trees towards them.

"I'm very hungry," she said to them.

The boys took the cooked bird off the fire and gave it to her.

The woman sat down and ate every bit of the meat. When she finished eating, she stood up.

"You boys are very kind to share what you have. I’m going to give you something in return. Come back tomorrow to this exact spot."

The next day the boys returned. They looked at the place where the fire had been. On the ground were strange tall plants with cobs covered with soft yellow seeds. The boys had never seen anything like it.

"Let’s take this home and ask somebody what it is," they said.

No one in the village knew what it was. They all tasted it and liked it. What should this delicious present be called?

The boys said, "We shall call it Tanchi." And that is how Tanchi, or corn, came to be.

What is the lesson in this story?
Don't shoot a blackbird with a bow and arrow.
You will be rewarded if you are kind and generous.
Don't eat blackbirds.
You will be rewarded if you are kind and generous. How can you tell that the story is a legend?
The boys are using bows and arrows.
It starts with A long time ago...
Both of the other points are true.
It starts with A long time ago... Why did the boys shoot the blackbird?
They were hungry and wanted to eat it.
They were practicing with their bows and arrows.
They were aiming at something else and missed.
They were hungry and wanted to eat it. What did the woman leave the boys as their reward?
corn
ashes
a blackbird
corn What's the word for corn in the Choctaw language?
maize
corn
tanchi
tanchi

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