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Re: More corny comments
I meant forgot to tell his kids or grandkids, whoever, when he returned.
I'm sure he had more on his mind with the English roaming about.
If there were no corn(maize) grown on NS then he wouldn't have seen the
full circle. It is my understanding that the Norwegians had cut off their
westward trade at this time because of colder temperatures. The results of
this were seen in Greenland as the natives there were driven towards the
coastal areas and thus overran the Norwegian settlements there as the snow
and ice advanced. So that would maybe mean a more hostile climate in NS for
corn growing since they didn't have the fancy hybrid seeds of today some of
which are developed for colder regions.
This doesn't bother me as much as the aloe. Seems like he would have had to
be really far south to see that. It wouldn't have "kept" very well either
by the time he brought it back to Scotland, not like corn would. Does it
really look like aloe? Maybe a picture was drawn of the aloe (or whatever
plant it was) that William could look at for his design. A poorly drawn
picture could look like anything to one who probably never saw the real one
or many years later was trying to remember what this decaying plant he saw
as a child might have looked like when it was fresh. That last sentence
doesn't hold up. William was born about 8 years after his grandpa, Prince
Henry, died. Already an aloe would be long decomposed so there must have
been a drawing. Or do you suppose they could preserve the aloe in
something. No problem with the Indian corn. It will hold forever.
Could there be some other plant that they could have preserved a long time.
One can press leaves and preserve them that way but aloe is so fleshy, that
I doubt that could be done with it.
----- Original Message -----
From: G.M.Sinclair <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2000 2:22 AM
Subject: Re: corn
> >>Can we build a case that since the stone carvings of North American corn
> depict the corn growing upside down, this indicates more authenticity? <<
> This is a topic which has been and is being debated by many more
> knowledgeable than I. I do not believe anyone has emphatically stated
> carvings are "Corn" The term maize has also been used during various
> discussions. Maize would be a relationship to native folklore.
> >>The carvings in the chapel are not abstract and rendered as life-like as
> possible so there would not be the temptation to carve things any other
> then as natural as was known at the time. Right?<<
> Not necessarily "Right". The theory that the stone masons carved the item
> so it best fit must also be looked into also.
> >> Did the Mi'kmaq grow corn? Maybe not.<<
> Supposition is no way to build proof. Maybe they did!!! Most likely they
> did as Miqmaq and other North American folklore speak of maize in their
> religious teachings.
> >> Henry would have seen the whole growing cycle and known about them but
> maybe forgot to mention it. <<
> Forgot to Mention it ??? I was unaware of any actual memoirs of Henry
> Sinclair which is the reason the actual proof has been so difficult. As
> as seeing a full growing cycle, if memory serves me Henry would have been
> Nova Scotia and New England long enough to see enough to know the actual
> growing cycle and proper appearance.
> >> I don't know where I am going with this. <<
> Your ideas are very good. As I stated earlier, they are being discussed
> have been discussed by many, 185 members of a Rosslyn mailing list is one
> group, and until a great deal of actual fact is presented and
> I do not think we can "build a case that since the stone carvings of North
> American corn
> depict the corn growing upside down, this indicates more authenticity?".
> When Dr. Tim Wallace-Murphy's book is published on this subject, I hope it
> will address some of these questions.
> Perhaps Niven could weigh in on this topic.
> Gary M. Sinclair
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