Corn Maiden is a mythological Native American figure. Porath writes: "Corn Maiden figures into a vast number of tribe mythologies, all of which are slightly different from one another. This much is generally agreed upon across most of the stories.
"Corn Maiden was a pretty neat lady who settled down with the tribe in question, a long time ago. Somehow, whenever she was around, the corn storehouses would overflow! Corn for everyone! It was pretty great! But, she warned, never try to check out why or how that’s happening. Eventually someone did, only to find Corn Maiden secretly rubbing corn off her skin in the most delicious case of leprosy ever recorded. In some versions, it’s hinted that she was actually pooping it out into bucket after bucket, bag after bag, like a chunky firehose.
"From there, one of two things happened:
1) The tribe chased Corn Maiden out of town, subsequently ran out of corn, realised their terrible mistake, and attempted to find her/make amends, or:
2) The tribe decided to kill her for witchcraft, at which point Corn Maiden was like, “OK cool, but after you kill me, drag my gruesomely murdered corpse around the field, and corn will pop up wherever you go. Taking one for the team here, guys!”