The Three Sisters

The world began when Sky Woman fell to earth. The animals saw her coming, so they took the soil from the bottom of the sea and spread it onto the back of a giant turtle to provide a safe place for her to land. This “Turtle Island” is now what we call North America.

When she landed, Sky Woman gave birth to a daughter. Sky Woman's daughter died while giving birth to twin boys. From the mound of earth that was her grave grew The Three Sisters.





These sisters were quite different from one another in their size, shape and style. One of the three was a little sister, so young that she could only crawl at first, and if she wanted to stand up she had to twine herself around her eldest sister. This sister wore velvet green with delicate tendril ribbons. The second of the three sisters wore a gown of bright green and had a way of running off across the field when the sun shone and the soft wind blew in her face. The third sister was the eldest. She was always standing very straight and tall above the other sisters, guarding them and beckoning the pollinators. 








They loved one another very much and were never separated. They knew that they wouldn’t be able to live apart.








The little sister is the bean
 who needs the eldest sister to twine around and help her off the ground. 


The second sister is the squash, who has bright yellow flowers and tends to run away across the field. The eldest sister is the corn. Her crown of tassels spreads over the sisters. Her kernels can be dried and ground up to make flour. 









When the corn, beans and squash are eaten together, they provide all the nutrients a person needs to thrive. This is why many of The People call them "The Sustainers".
Many thanks to models Stephanie Fregoso, Laura Arriola, and Lourdes Escalante Le Fox.