1/05/2011

Corn-shucking

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NORTH AMERICAN SAIJIKI

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Corn shucking, corn-shucking

***** Location: USA
***** Season: All Autumn
***** Category: Humanity


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Explanation


corn shucking, corn husking

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African American work songs

Corn was a very common subject of work songs on a typical plantation. Because the crop was the main component of the slaves’ diet, they would often sing about it regardless of whether it was being harvested.
Often, communities in the south would hold “corn-shucking jubilees,” during which an entire community of planters would gather on one plantation. The planters would bring their harvests, as well as their slaves, and work such as shucking corn, rolling logs, or threshing rice would be done, accompanied by the singing of the slaves doing work. The following is an example of a song slaves would sing as they approached one of these festivals. It is from ex-slave William Wells Brown’s memoir “ My Southern Home.”

All them pretty gals will be there,
Shuck that corn before you eat;
They will fix it for us rare,
huck that corn before you eat.


I know that supper will be big,
Shuck that corn before you eat;
I think I smell a fine roast pig,
Shuck that corn before you eat . . . .
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Worldwide use

Germany

Mais enthülsen

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Japan

. Maize, toomorokoshi 玉蜀黍、とうもろこし


Kenya
Swahili : Mahindi, American Corn, South African : Mealies


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HAIKU





When I was a child, the local farmers had a harvest festival.
One of the highlights was the corn shucking contest. The men would compete to see who could strip the shucks from the dried ears of corn the fastest. The women would cook a huge meal and the children would play and watch. Once in a while one of the bigger kids would try his luck at the corn shucking and get laughed at when he failed miserably.

the children played
as men competed...
corn-shucking

Tom Conally, USA


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Related words

Corn, Maize, Mais


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