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 Post subject: Indigenous, heritage squash seeds found and shared
PostPosted: June 10th, 2016, 9:56 am 
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This is inspiring reading!

“The squash and the seeds that are going around now have provoked quite a bit of excitement in the native community because it is an indigenous seed,” he says.

DeMain says his seeds originally came from the Miami tribe in Indiana. They’re thought to be from a line that’s somewhere between 1,000 to 2,000 years old.

And he says there’s at least one other story circulating about these seeds (he says it’s possible several stories have morphed together over time):

“A finding during a construction project somewhere in Wisconsin in which a clay vessel was unearthed, and there were seeds in it that were regrown, and allegedly these seeds were dated about 850-900 years ago,” he says.

Some say the story of the clay vessel is an urban myth.

But regardless, DeMain says people are excited to have these seeds back in circulation, and they’ve been sharing the seeds with each other over the past couple of years.

“It really is as communities begin healing after a hundred years of decline, of displacement; it comes along with a revival of the language, the revival of songs and ceremonies,” he says.

Now that this story has been shared via the 'net I have no doubt the seed police will be on them like stink on weed.


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