The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash

For 10,000 years, the nutritionally balanced trio of corn, beans and squash have supplied the Native American with an unwavering dietary foundation.

Native Americans
Native Americans planted corn, beans and squash on hills or raised mounds. The gardens were prepared entirely by hand using gathered materials: Long, strong sticks served as digging tools, the shoulder blade of a deer or bison was attached for a hoe. Harvested crops were left to dry on racks in the sun.
Photo courtesy ELAYNE SEARS