Now and then the earth throws up some amazing gifts of its bounty. There have been phenomenal historical discoveries with proof of civilizations as well as artifacts that alter our perception of history. But this particular discovery was even more remarkable and unique. This was almost like the magic beans of Jack and beanstalk.
In 2008, archaeologists discovered a simple clay pot on Anishinaabe Indian land reservation in Wisconsin. It wasn’t the pot that was the cause of amazement it was what was inside the pot that baffled scientists. They were just seeds. A whole bunch of seeds that resembled pumpkin or squash seeds inside the pot. The incredible fact of finding a clay pot with seeds was the fact that carbon dating pegged it at 800 years old.
1What Was So Amazing About Seeds In Clay Pot?
The huge squash seeds well preserved in a clay pot teaches us a thing or two on the fantastic methods of preservation that existed ages ago. It also proves how humans influenced the quality of natural products as compared to the present day.
The seeds scientifically known as Cucurbita maxima were handed over to seed keepers of the White earth Land Recovery Project and its founder Winona LaDuke who named the seeds: Gete Okosomin” which in Anishinaabe language means “Cool Old Squash”. But the best is yet to come. When cultivating the seeds, this is what the project found.
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This is what the seeds grew into
After seven years the seeds have sprouted to yield the most gigantic species of Squash not found anywhere on the planet. Students from Winnipeg decided to grow the seeds in collaboration with the White earth Land Recovery and the results were astounding.
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3A Giant Sized Squash
The size of the squash is beyond belief and efforts are underway to find a means to preserve the species so that it does not get extinct again. It was a fantastic piece of insight by those ancestors who preserved and buried the clay pot with seeds in it. Because of their intuition, the earth has regained what it has lost.
4The Giant Squash Is Symbolic Of Indigenous Culture of the Planet
Although just squash, the circumstances surrounding its growth are symbolic of a nations rich history and natural culture. Humanity is indigenous with proof of native culture and history still embedded within the ground. In time even more exciting discoveries may be unearthed proving to us what we once were and what we have lost. Hopefully it will also teach us new ways and means to respect the planet.
It’s incredible to know that one clay pot buried 800 years ago would end up being so significant in present time. By returning to humanity a species of squash now extinct, it provides hope that all isn’t lost for this great planet and it may thrive and be fruitful once more.
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5All Thanks to the White Earth Recovery Project
The report of the 800 year old clay pot with seeds discovered on Anishinaabe land was revealed to the world by the White Land Recovery Project. Founder Winona La Duke is a Native American who grew up on the white earth reservation in Minnesota. She is a well known environmentalist and conservationist popular for her role in tribal lands claims and preservation.
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