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Seeds, Seed Planting Song/Ceremony
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Corn Planting Ceremony egaytowns eyi i ni k own djahe kwa “to entertain what we live on (grains and fruits)”

Time: Just before planting time, May 10-15
Duration: One day
Purpose: Appeal to Food Spirits (grains and fruits) in general
Composition:

  • Feather Dance
  • Bowl Game
  • Woman's Song
  • Skanye (old type)
  • Corn Dance
  • Kadatrot (Round Dance)
  • Squash Dance

Corn Spouting Rites (same Cayuga name for III)

Time: When the corn plant shows above the ground a week late in May
Duration: One Day
Purpose: “To entertain our food-plants”

The Bowl Game may be continued until the ninth day to finish securing a score if necessary, excluding the Forest Ceremony.

Seed Dance (Click here for more information)

The Seed Dance Ceremony is an honouring of all plant life. It is done prior to anybody planting. The Peach Stone Game is played and seeds are used to bet. The men play against the women. Fifty beans are used as counters. After the game is over, the Great Feather Dance is done to commemorate the purpose of this ceremony. The ways of the woman and the Bean Dance are then done.