Among the Iroquois, it is believed that when the First Mother died, from her body grew the sacred plants: corn, beans and squash. They were planted together in small hills: the beans would twine around the corn stalks as they grew and the squash leaves would shade the earth and keep it moist and free of weeds. Protective spirits, the …
From the East we give thanks
to our Mother, the Earth
and to the People, and those yet to be born,
and to the spirit of waters,
who make it possible for all things to live.
We give thanks to the fish, they sustain us.
and to the plants, they feed us and make us well,
and to the trees,
who give us shelter, shade and …