Maize is the staple crop of many tribes. A close ally of Blue Corn Woman, a chief spirit of the Upper World, Maize symbolizes bounty, fertility, and protection. Besides forming the basis for corn pone (or cornbread), grits (or hominy), and the corn tortillas of the Southwestern tribes, powdered maize was often dusted over a family's sacred possessions to feed the spirits. Ears of maize acted as protective fetishes against witchcraft (or bad medicine) and harmful creatures or as repositories for ghosts during ceremonies of mourning. Maize is a regal spirit, concerned with ceremony, yet she is also imbued with an intimate concern for nourishing and protecting those who honor her.
Traits & Taboo Edit
- Background Cost: 3
Nunnehi who choose Maize as their totem gain Empathy 2 and Cooking 2 as well as one additional point of Wits.
Taboo (Ban) Edit
Maize's children must hang an ear of corn somewhere in their permanent dwellings, and must carry a few kernels of corn or corn pollen on their person at all times.
Changeling: The Dreaming Nunnehi Totems