The three sisters story plays on three vegetables, three sisters, growing in harmony. The eldest, the corn, plays a very important role. As most eldest siblings do.
Although the seeds are planted together, the corn sprouts first. Standing alone at the beginning she grows tall and straight. The corn must be strong as the beans rely on her to get off the ground, otherwise the beans would choke themselves - ecologically speaking of course ;) The corn leads the way and sets the tone for the younger sisters to follow. She’s strong and wise, and maybe carries more weight in the family than the younger siblings.
The three sisters are the genius of Indigenous agriculture. Together corn, beans and squash, feed the people, feed the land and feed our imaginations, telling us stories about how we might live.
Everything in our world plays and lives off of eachother. The story of the three sisters reflects on how we can live and evolve in harmony. By growing into our own full potential we inevitably help the beings around us grow themselves. Sometimes it’s best to focus on yourself before focusing on others. It’s not selfish, it's intentional. And once we blossom into ourselves, then the time to help others comes.