it growing. With careful nursing and watering from April until September, the pigmy ears grew. In the early fall the corn was gathered by the men. A day at Tyuonyi during "corn gathering month" about 1537 A.D. was an interesting one. The large plaza inside Puwige was swept clean, if customs of yesteryear parallel those of today, and the corn was brought therein. Com, they believed, had life like people and would be glad to be brought in and housed and protected. It was placed in
kingÑ^men, women and children. And when
they finished they might have gone to the cliffs to help their
relatives with their husking. As fast as the ears were husked
they were thrown on the flat mud roofs of the houses tEMRTCo dry.
These Indians did not use all the corn at once. The old
women thought of crop failures the next year and so they
saved a double amount of the
life-giving grains to pl
swept clean with brooms made of grass bound with yucca
fiber or corn husks. This was in preparation for a festivalÑ
a dance perhaps, to observe the gathering-in of the crop.
Strange customs these Indians had! While corn was standing
in the fields it was
the property of the men.