Youth Services Hosts Green Corn Dance

By Ardith Van Riper

     The Ho-Chunk Nation Black River Falls Youth Services hosted a Green Corn Dance on Aug. 31 at the Andrew Blackhawk Memorial Powwow Grounds.

     The Little Thunder drum provided the evening’s songs. 

     Youth Services prepared a meal and served it to open the event.

     George Garvin mentioned, “The history of Green Corn, I can only tell you what my father had told me.  He said this is one of our original dances.  We don’t know how far back this goes.  Long before Jean Nicolet landed in Green Bay, we were doing this.  This used to be a four-night dance at one time.  The sun goes down, and the green corn ceremony festivities begin.  Of course, there is a lot of sharing of food and eating.  My father used to say that the songs they use at Green Corn were stories of long ago.”

     Mr. Garvin continued sharing memories and then requested a thank you song for the meal.

     Tom Redbird emceed the remainder of the event.