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Below are some of the articles that have been written about Dianna Henry’s work with the corn and reviews of the book, Whispering Ancestors: The Wisdom of Corn. If you would like more information or high resolution images for reviews or interviews please contact the publisher.

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Currents Magazine interview

The following article appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Currents Magazine. The Corn Whisperer by Kathryn Lucariello “The corn has been the easiest vegetable to hear for most people,” Dianna Snow Eagle Seeds Sing Henry told a group of women gathered recently, “but every plant can communicate. The seed holds a huge library that we don’t realize.” They were gathered at the Women Be Wise conference at Fire Om Earth in Eureka Springs, where Dianna taught a workshop on accessing what she calls the “Seeds Sing Library.” She has worked with native, heirloom varieties of corn for 30 years, accessing the library for information about its history and the food, medicinal and ceremonial uses of the people who carried and cultivated it. The library is esoteric, accessed through prayerful meditation, most powerfully in groups of three or four people. Dianna has recently published a book about her history with the corn, readings she and others have obtained from it and how anyone can do this. It is called Whispering Ancestors: The Wisdom of Corn. “I call this the corn’s Wisdom,” she writes on her website. “This is what the seeds have been giving me for many years…So, this book on corn is a differing approach. Creator has guided each part of this book carefully.” An avid organic gardener, Dianna was a founding member of the Central Prairie Seed Exchange. She found out she had a special connection to the corn when she and a friend began meditating together and the seeds and plants began to ‘speak’ to them. Dianna asked, “What in God’s name is this?” They told her, “We’re a tool to read seeds. You can call us The Library.” And thus the journey began, during which Dianna was to meet other “corn carrier,” such as Cherokee corn grower and keeper Carl White Eagle Barnes, who gave her the “Seeds Sing” portion of her name. Not having any idea she had another special connection to corn, Dianna found out at her grandmother’s funeral that she had Blackfoot, Sioux and Cherokee, Irish and German roots on her father’s side, and Oglala-Apache, Scot-Irish, French and English on her mother’s side. She acquired 37 varieties of corn seeds from a seed vault in the museum at the Kansas State Historical Society, where she worked as a lay archeologist. She was guided to quit her job and begin working more intensely with the corn. Dianna has given many workshops on accessing The Library to people from all walks fo life, including schoolchildren and scientific and medical professionals. In her work with corn, Dianna has also discovered its healing properties. Old Iroquois Rose was a prescription for a woman with multiple sclerosis. Directions were to give her a sack of seed and have her eat one a day until it was gone. “This woman did what she was told with it, and she’s now doing fine.” At the Fire Om workshop, Dianna brought two varieties of corn: Sioux flint blue corn from the Dakotas area and Big Horse Spotted, a corn grown in this area by the Osage Indians. “The corn can tell you if it’s a hybrid or genetically modified,” she told participants. “Start by asking if it has loving energy. If it doesn’t, you’ll compost it because it won’t be useful for your body.” She also directed groups to ask what the corn has to say about drought conditions and what it needs to thrive. Responses were varied and interesting. One woman held Osage corn seeds in her hand and her arm began to pivot back in the direction of...

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Kaw Valley Seeds Project 2010

The following is an excerpt from a 2010 article which appeared in Blue Sky Green Earth, a Green magazine serving North Earth Kansas. Dianna Henry has started a revolution. It is a small revolution. Only 40 or so people have joined in so far. But it may someday save our community, insure our food supply, and perhaps keep us all from going hungry.   A lifetime member of Seed Savers, Henry has been saving seed and promoting biological diversity through conventional plant breeding for more than 30 years. She has also been involved in the Midwest Seed Exchange, which includes farmers and gardeners from several Midwestern States.   But last year Henry had a worrying insight: Lawrence [KS] has a successful farmer’s market, but most of the farmers were not saving their own seed. Most local farmers order their seed each season from sources outside the state. Why? If you take the trouble to grow organically, and have a plant that is successful in a particular location, why wouldn’t you want to propagate it for additional growing seasons in the same climate? -Read entire article...

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