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C. S. Prakash @AgBioWorld
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Amazing story of the revival of Pawnee Eagle Corn - Grown by native Americans, thought to be extinct. One family had saved last 50 kernels taken with them when they were exiled from Nebraska to Oklahoma in the 1870s. “It tastes like almonds with cream”

truewestmagazine.com/keepers-of-the…
A farmer who grew the Pawnee Eagle and other heirloom corn 🌽. Much beauty in the biodiversity, once extinct it is lost forever. Gene banks and such farmers heroes! Vavilov is smiling! Watch at new.mousetrapmonday.com/videos/growing…
Deb Echo-Hawk, Pawnee tribe’s official ‘Keeper of the seeds’. When tribes were forced from state to state by the US govt - Trail of Tears - seed keepers brought their own strains of corn seeds with them, so when they settled again, they could grow food on their new land
Seed preservation project at Pawnee Nation help conserve heirloom corn such as Pawnee Eagle corn
Eagle corn revived from near-extinction by an unlikely friendship and determination of Native American seed saver from Oklahoma Deb-Echo Hawk along with Ronnie O’Brien, a culinary art instructor at a community college in Nebraska. See fascinating story at nativeoklahoma.us/PDF/NOK-Septem…
Pawnee tribe lived along tributaries of the Missouri River in Nebraska. In 1870, ~ 12,000 people were removed from their land, forcibly exiled to Oklahoma, only about 600 survived. Eagle corn is a tragic testimony to the brutal racism Pawnee endured.

horsehints.org/IndianPawnee.h…
Roger Echo-Hawk mentioned to me that as Native Americans could not get into US universities in the 19th century, black universities such as Hampton Institute educated them. Booker T Washington who founded @TuskegeeUniv where I work, also studied there!

…biloemancipationcentury.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/the…
Those who wish to reach Deb Echo-Hawk to learn more about the Pawnee Eagle Corn heirloom seed and check with her when the seeds would be public available - may contact her through Facebook page at
facebook.com/pg/pawneeseedp…
Learn more about this amazing Pawnee Eagle Corn - Workshop on 'NATIVE CORN' Honoring Nebraska's First Farmers - The First Meeting on Indigenous Crops in Nebraska, April 28, 2018 at the Central Community College-Hastings, Hastings. rhondaobrien@cccneb.edu | +1 402 461 257
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