First Mother or Corn Mother is the first woman in the Abenaki and Penobscot creation story.
The details of First Mother's life vary greatly from
telling to telling. In different communities First Mother is said to have been created by
the Great Spirit, the culture hero
Glooscap, or both, or
simply sprung to life spontaneously from the morning dew.
In some stories First Mother and her husband (sometimes identified as First Father
or First Penobscot, other times simply as Corn Mother's husband) were created at the same time.
In other versions, First Father had already
been created to help Glooscap and First Mother joined him later.
After giving birth to the Wabanaki nation, First Mother then sacrifices
her life to feed them, turning her body into the first garden.