The Green Corn Project takes its name from a Native American celebration designed to secure the blessing of the Great Spirit, so that the Native Americans might have a bountiful crop. The Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, Yuchi, and Iroquois, as well as other Native American tribes, celebrate this ceremony in some manner.
The Green Corn Festival is held when the first green shoots of corn appear after planting. The purpose of this ceremony was to thank the spirits for the renewed hope of a good crop that will feed the tribe through the coming year.
During the first days of the ceremony, people fast and cleanse themselves and their homes. At the Green Corn Festival, the tribal shaman rekindles the sacred fire and tribal members circle the sacred fire drumming, chanting, and praying to the spirits. The sacred fire is a symbol of health, life, and spiritual power.
Like the ceremony, the Green Corn Project works to spread hope by teaching people skills that can be used for self-empowerment and self-reliance.