Grapevine is known for celebrating grapes, but corn — and green corn at that!
The universe was explored and the stars were celebrated Saturday afternoon at Grapevine Museums and Galleries’ “Green Corn Moon” ceremony.
For two hours, visitors at the ceremony heard traditional stories, made corn husk dolls, learned some Indian language and watched the Bear Claw Singers perform during this free, family-friendly event.
The Green Corn celebration, called ‘Komaskwema’a’ in the Wyandotte language, is a time of giving thanks to the creator for all our blessings,” said Sallie Cotter Andrews, citizen of the Wyandotte Nation.
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The one-day special event was held in conjunction with the Tower Gallery’s current exhibition, “The Evolving Universe,” a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition. that is running through Sept. 30. Featuring interactive activities, photographs and images, the exhibition offers guests the chance to explore the universe beyond the bounds of Earth. Grapevine promoters thought it would be a fun idea to marry the two ideas.
Humans have been creating meaning in the night sky since they first raised their eyes to the stars. “The Evolving Universe” captures the science of the stars, while Native Americans have long studied the spiritual meaning of the skies.
The Green Corn Ceremony is a religious and social event celebrated by a number of American Indian peoples of the Eastern Woodlands and the Southeastern tribes. The ceremony typically coincides in the late summer, occurs during a full moon cycle and is tied to the ripening of the corn crops. The ceremony is considered a day of thanksgiving and is marked with dancing, feasting and religious observations.
Comprised of citizens of the Comanche, Kiowa and Apache nations, the members of the Bear Claw Singers have been performing for more than 12 years, while also being active American Indian community leaders.
Those close to the group are familiar with the hours of practice and dedication that go into their work. In keeping with their traditional values, Bear Claw Singers know that performing is a powerful gift. They respect the drum's living spirit and provide an offering for the drum before they begin, asking for help to spread healing, love and blessings.
“The Evolving Universe” is on display at Grapevine’s Tower Gallery through Sept. 30. The free exhibition is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The Tower Gallery is located in the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Headquarters and Museum Complex at 636 S. Main St.
For more information about Grapevine or any of its events, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com or call 817-410-3185. For information about museums, visit www.GrapevineMuseums.com.