Mother of Seed

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At the end of Hillerman's 1973 re-telling of the Zuni origin story The Boy who made Dragon Fly, when the wise boy claims that some day his little sister will become the Mother of Seed, he is suggesting that she will be considered the spiritual mother of the Zuni, who sometimes refer to themselves as "seed," or corn kernels.

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"The appeal of a ripe ear of corn on the stalk, September 4, 2011" by Erica Wheelan is licensed under CC BY.

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