colors of corn

Michael Pool mpool at
Wed Jul 22 17:18:46 EST 1998

Meaning can also mean what it meant to the groups growing the maize.  American
Southwestern Indians frequently associated colors with direction and these
meanings with the color of maize.

Ed Coe wrote:
> The actual "meaning" of the pigments, in the sense of their function, is
> subject to conjecture.  A number of studies have suggested, some more
> convincingly than others, that these pigments (or colorless relatives
> synthesized by the same processes) have a role in insect resistance or
> fungal resistance.
> I hope this is helpful.
> Ed Coe

Michael Pool
mpool at
Austin Community College
Anthropology Department

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