2022 Corn Mothers Exhibition

Running Sept. 2022 - Sept. 2023

Opening reception for the exhibition is

Fri. Oct. 21, 2022, 5:30 - 9:00 pm

4th Floor Mezzanine

If you would like to view the 2022 Return of the Corn Mothers Book!

If you have preordered your book please pick up at the Opening Reception.
If you would like to buy a book contact History Colorado Gift Shop or email jtoh2016@gmail.com

 The long-awaited multi-generational and multi-cultural love letter to the women of the Southwest, whose lives and work embody the spirit of community, this award-winning traveling photographic exhibition features photos and stories of 70 women all past and present who represent the spirit of the Corn Mothers.

The exhibition runs from Sept. 2022 through Sept. 2023 and
will honor the addition of 22 new women to the project.
(See Below)

The opening reception for the exhibition

is Fri. Oct. 21, 2022, 5:30 - 9:00 pm

History Colorado,Denver.

Open to the public and free of charge the event will feature
music, food, and an honoring ceremony for all Corn Mothers,
past and present. 

Please save this date and sign-up for the opening reception
on the History Colorado Events page.

Join Us for this Event on Zoom 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88299854904

Meeting ID: 882 9985 4904

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Return of the Corn Mothers: Inspiring Women of the Southwest  |

Return of the Corn Mothers: Mujeres inspiradoras del suroeste

ENGLISH:
The Indigenous peoples of southern Mexico started domesticating maize over 9,000 years ago. As cultivation of the once wild grass spread throughout the “Americas” and globally, the significance of this life-giving food was immortalized in legend and story. Among Southwest Pueblo peoples, the iconic Corn Mother deity embodied growth, life, creativity, community, and creation.
The Return of the Corn Mothers project is a book and photographic and written history exhibition of multi-generational and multi-cultural women from the Southwest who exemplify the essence of Corn Mother.
This project showcases southwestern women across cultures and generations who exemplify the essence of Corn Mother. Photographer Todd Pierson, editor Ed Winograd, graphic designer Toinette Brown, and curator Renee Fajardo, in conjunction with MSU Denver Chicana/o Studies, the Colorado Folk Arts Council, and the Chicano Humanities Arts Council, have spent fifteen years documenting the stories of women, chosen by their communities, who have made selfless contributions and creative endeavors to better the lives of others.
Return of the Corn Mothers marks a three-year effort to honor twenty-two new Corn Mothers in 2022. What began in 2007, with a small grant from the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and eight local women, has now expanded to include more than seventy women.
SPANISH:
Los pueblos indígenas del sur de México comenzaron a domesticar el maíz hace más de nueve mil años. A medida que el cultivo de esta planta —que una vez fue silvestre— se extendió por el continente americano y a nivel mundial, el significado de este alimento vivificador quedó inmortalizado en leyendas e historias. Los pueblos del suroeste creían en la Madre del maíz, una deidad icónica que encarnaba el crecimiento, la vida, la creatividad, la comunidad y la creación.
Además de ser un libro, el proyecto Return of the Corn Mothers (El regreso de las madres del maíz) es una exposición fotográfica y de historia escrita sobre mujeres que abarcan varias generaciones y culturas del suroeste y ejemplifican la esencia de la Madre del maíz.
Este proyecto muestra a mujeres del suroeste pertenecientes a diversas culturas y generaciones que ejemplifican la esencia de la madre del maíz. Durante quince años, el fotógrafo Todd Pierson, el editor Ed Winograd, la diseñadora gráfica Toinette Brown y la curadora Renee Fajardo, junto con MSU Denver Chicana/o Studies, el Colorado Folk Arts Council y el Chicano Humanities Arts Council, documentaron las historias de mujeres, elegidas por sus comunidades, que hicieron aportes desinteresados y esfuerzos creativos para mejorar la vida de los demás.

— 22 Women in 2022 —

Ellen Alires-Trujillo 

Boulder, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Batkhishig Batochir (Baja) 

denver, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Genevieve Canales 

Greeley, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Alicia Cardenas 

Denver, Colorado 

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Portrait Painted by: Emanuel Martinez www.emanuelmartinez.com.   www.emanuelproject.org

Tina Cartagena 

Denver, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Connie Margaret Coca 

Laramie, Wyoming

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Juliana Aragón Fatula 

Cañon CitY, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Karen D. Gonzales 

Denver, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Norma Johnson 

Boulder, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Elena Holly Klaver 

Niwot, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Lucha Aztzin Martínez de Luna 

Golden, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Deborah Martinez Martinez 

PUEBLO, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Jennifer McBride 

PARKER, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Laura (Laurita) Naranjo 

Denver, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Adrienne Norris 

Denver, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Erica Padilla 

Denver, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Jo Elizabeth Pinto 

Brighton, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Sandra Ortega 

San Luis, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Shirley Romero Otero

San LUIS, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Evangeline Roybal Sena 

Blanca, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Marge Taniwaki 

denver, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero 

denver, Colorado

Honored at History Colorado, Denver, Colorado, October 21, 2022

Corn Mother Carving on Display by 

Rob Yancey

Is a sculptor who hand carves in wood, creating Spanish Colonial art in the form of bultos and retablos, His art has a northern New Mexico influence and vibe to it. He also paints and makes Día de los Muertos style clay masks. Rob has won numerous awards for his art and is known to teach art classes. He formerly owned Arte de Taos from 2010 – 2012 in Taos, NM, and routinely does art demonstrations and donates his artwork to worthy causes like the Corn Mothers.

"Corn Mother" 80x30"  HandCarved Wood with Acrylic

This project has been made possible by funding from
Colorado Folk Arts Council, 
Chicano Humanities Arts Council, Metropolitan State University of Denver, US Bank, AARP,  Community ACTS Fund and Jamie Torres-Denver District 3.

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