At first glimpse this does not seems as sometning impressive, but it was determined that this little piece of pottery is about 800 years old.
It is even more surprising that content of that pot is something that changes how people were looking at extinction, preservation and food storage, but this also changes the fact that humans had huge include on the planet many years ago.
It is totally amazing the fact that this little clay pot buried in the ground 800 years ago would still be relevant today. This actually brought an extinct species of squash that was presumed to be lost forever. And we can thank to our Indigenous Ancestors! In fact, they knew what preservation means. Our ancestors certainly were aware of the importance of the future.
And here it is! This 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 “COOL 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, SCIENTISTS ARE MAKING EFFORTS TO CULTIVATE THE SQUASH SO THAT IT DOESN’T GO EXTINCT… AGAIN.
IT MAY 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.
We must say that plants are pretty incredible. Some of you would agree that history actually has some specific way of coming back around.
The Wheel of Life really stands out in this part of history. The Indigenous roots are really strong and obviously are tied to the land.