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Native American Legends: Selu
Tribal affiliation: Cherokee
Also known as: Corn Mother, Corn Woman
Related figures in other tribes: First Mother (Wabanaki),
Unknown Woman (Choctaw)
In Cherokee mythology, Selu was the First Woman and goddess of the corn.
(Her name literally means "maize" or "corn" in the Cherokee language.)
Selu was killed by her twin sons, who feared her power; but with her dying
instructions she taught them to plant and farm corn, so that her spirit
was resurrected with each harvest.
Kanati and Selu:
Cherokee legend about the corn goddess Selu and the origin of hunting and agriculture.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Selu and Kana'ti: Cherokee Corn Mother and Lucky Hunter:
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Children's book depicting the Cherokee Indian myth about the origin of corn.
Selu: Seeking The Corn-Mother's Wisdom:
Book of Cherokee Indian stories and spirituality by a Native author revolving around Selu the Corn Mother.
Myths of the Cherokee:
Classic collection of Cherokee Indian legends and folktales.
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