Archaeologists Dig Up
An 800-Year-Old Native American Pot.
What They Found Inside Is Changing
Posted by Dustin McGladrey at Friday, January 22nd,
In 2008, on a dig in the First Nationís Menominee
Reservation in Wisconsin, archaeologists made a small but stunning discovery: a
tiny clay pot.
Though it might not have seemed very impressive at
first glimpse, this little piece of pottery was determined to be about 800 years
And inside that pot? Something that changes how weíre
looking at extinction, preservation, and food storage, as well as how humans
have influenced the planet in their time on it.
Itís amazing to think that a little clay pot buried
in the ground 800 years ago would still be relevant today, but itís true! Itís
actually brought an extinct species of squash that was presumed to be lost
forever. Thank our Indigenous Ancestors! Even they knew what preservation meant.
They knew the importance of the future, Is it not amazing that they are
affecting our walks of life even to this day?
Here it is! The pot
was unearthed on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, where it had laid
buried for the past 800 years.
Inside, archaeologists found a stash of seeds. The seeds were probably buried in
the pot as a method of storing food supplies. They were determined to be an old,
now-extinct species of squash.
Now, seven years after making this stunning
discovery, students in Winnipeg decided to plant the 800-year-old seeds...
To everyone's amazement, something grew!
The squash was named Gete-okosomin. It means "Big Old
Squash" in the Menominee language. (Respect to the Science people for respecting
the Indigenous people who's land this was found on, We See Your Good Nature!)
Now, they're working to cultivate the squash so that
it doesn't go extinct ..again.
be just a humble squash, but it's also a symbol of First Nations' community and
history, as well as a fascinating look into how amazing plants can be.
just goes to show you that plants can be pretty incredible.. and that sometimes,
history has a funny way of coming back around. The
Wheel of Life really stands out in this instance of history. Our
Indigenous roots are strong and very much tied to the land. I was taught once
that the people of Turtle Island were keepers of the land, not owners. I feel
like this Squash is proof of that teaching.
If you love history, science, or youíre just curious
about what this would taste like in soup, please SHARE!