July update from Dianna

~ Dianna Snow Eagle is currently attending the 11th International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers event in Lame Deer, MT, hosted by Grandmother ‘Red Spider Woman’ Margaret Behan. More details and some photos should be on the site soon! Meanwhile, check out this page.

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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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New Mexico Seed Temple and visit with Flordemayo

These photos from Dianna’s visit to New Mexico were taken by Gregory Schoen and show the work being done in preparation for the construction of a sacred Seed Vault. (You may click on image to view larger size) Scroll down also to read what Dianna wrote following the trip to New Mexico….. Excavation site for the seed vault Seed display at the Seed Temple Germination test for corn seeds Little seed bundles Seed bundles Close up of a painting in the Seed Temple Flordemayo with her ‘buddy’ In the warm Spring air of April 2012, I boarded the plane for Albuquerque, New Mexico from NW Arkansas International Airport. I had been asked by Grandmother Flordemayo to help with her new Seed Temple. She is the Mayan Grandmother who serves on the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. We had been in connection for more than 4 months over the phone. Florademayo is creating a Seed Temple along with her Temple of the Golden Child. The Temple of the Golden Child connects the seeds with the ‘Golden Peace Children’ being born into our world. This awesome desert place is being built to address the conditions we currently find in our world concerning children, and the seeds for our food for them, for many generations. Out of this Seed Temple will go the primary seeds, for our new children. The seeds go with ceremony into the hands of young new parents with powerful hopes for a new awareness of the importance of growing our own food and teaching the growing of our food to our children. Along with these seeds also will go the teaching of how to grow them, for the keeping of both our future generations and their food. This is vital knowledge being lost in our generation. The Seed Temple seriously addresses this. Grandmother Flordemayo travels many places in a year and speaks of this with many peoples all over the world. We need to be aware, we need to focus on providing good nutritious food for our grandchildren’s grandchildren, not just ourselves. Life itself has sustained us for all this time. But we need to do our part. When I arrived at the temple site it was very much in construction. Greg Schoen , a corn brother from New Mexico also, joined us for the 7 days we were to be there. Grandmother could be there for 4, before her next trip. We were to meet with Grandmother and Patricio Domingues, with whom she has worked for many years with the Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge. We set to work to get to know each other and get started with the processes needed to carefully accept, clean, store, and distribute seeds that are being donated into the project. A new seed coming to the Temple at this time was RAINBOW POPCORN. This is the seed of a serious effort on the part of Greg, Carl White Eagle Barnes of Oklahoma, and members of the Santa Clara Pueblo in 2008 to restore the 7 colors of the rainbow back into their popcorns. Carl White Eagle had been working on this for many years on his own. He had successfully restored the rainbow to the popcorns and dent corns by that time, through carefully following spiritual guidance and ceremonial prayers he was given. His Cherokee ancestry also played its part. He is the White Eagle who brought back the Rainbow Corn to the People. The color in the corn seeds contains the minerals our bodies need for good nutrition. Along the way our culture has lost several of...

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Earth Day event at Eureka Thyme

Dianna and Cynthia report a very successful and fun event on Earth Day, April 22nd, at Eureka Thyme’s gallery of local artists. Many friends stopped by with greetings and support and many purchased books and received a free 2012 calendar of the Whispering Ancestors corn images. Pictured at right are Sara and Terry Russell (with their grand-daughter!) who received their autographed copy from Dianna. Sara and Terry were 2011 growers of the corn Big Horse Spotted/Speckled, which is featured in Chapter 22 with photos of their corn. If you couldn’t make it by on Sunday and are wanting to get a book, CD ebook or calendar locally here in Eureka Springs – contact Cynthia at 479-244-6585....

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‘Earth Day’ Book signing event Sunday Noon-5:00

Author, Dianna Henry, and photographer/editor, Cynthia Morin, will be at Eureka Thyme in Eureka Springs this Sunday for a book signing and conversation about their recent collaboration on the newly-released Whispering Ancestors: The Wisdom of Corn. In honor of Earth Day, a special gift is being offered to those who purchase the book. A copy of the 2012 Whispering Ancestors calendar, a $16 value, will be offered at no charge…and of course you can have the book and calendar autographed if you like! Here are a few images of the corn as presented in the 12-month calendar. Can’t come Sunday? You can still claim your free calendar bonus by ordering online before midnight April 22, 2012 – see order page.  ...

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Co-Creative Gardening Workshop

On March 18th, Dianna Henry will be offering a Co-Creative Gardening Workshop at the Learning for Life Center in Topeka Kansas. The full-day event is offered in two parts: Intro to Co-Creative Gardening – offered at the Learning Center 9:00 – Noon, and Hands on Techniques – offered at Four Oaks Farm 2:00-5:00 pm. This workshop is an opportunity to garden more fully in harmony with your spiritual awakenings… – Release our selves to fully CO-CREATE with the magnificent Light of Pure Love. – Learn to enhance & expand your experience with nature, seeds & your garden. – Explore organic techniques, Native American Indian methods, & seed-saving wisdom. – Connect with and co-create WITH the Nature Devas of your garden and land. Participants will explore ways to connect to their garden in order to enhance what you are already doing. Co-creative techniques are based on a blend of the gardens of Findhorn, Scotland, Machaelle Small Wright’s Perelandra Gardens, & Dianna Henryʼs own spiritual information developed over the last 25 years. Gardening in CO-CREATION with Nature Beings helps us to increase the Spiritual Light and Love Patterns in our World and add healing and balance to our lives and to Planet Earth/Heaven. For more information contact The Learning for Life Center at 785-357-7585 or...

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Kaw Valley Seeds Project Fair

The Douglas County Fairgrounds was host to the 3rd Annual Kaw Valley Seeds Project Fair on Saturday February 11, 2012. Attendance was estimated at 1,200 (about same as last year) for the free event which included a seed exchange, exhibits, local producers and a children’s activity center. Food from the Lawrence restaurant Local Burger was available for purchase throughout the day. Experts on seed saving were on hand throughout the day to answer questions. Attending from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as one of the ‘experts’ was Dianna Henry, a co-founders of the annual event. Look at the following posts for photos of some of the exhibit area and friends old and new who enjoyed visiting with Dianna’s exhibit on Corn and also the unveiling of her newly published book, Whispering Ancestors: The Wisdom of Corn. The Kaw Valley Seeds Project is a nonprofit whose mission is to create a Local Living Seed Reserve by fostering a network of people committed to growing and eating, sharing and bartering, buying and selling primary seed varieties of the Kansas River Valley. In addition, our goal is to educate the general public on the pleasures of growing their own food by teaching them how to save, store and plant seeds from their own gardens, and where to obtain organic and local seed...

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Seeds Fair Photos

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