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Native Americans revive squash from seeds found in an 800-year-old pot

Some Native Americans found squash seeds in a pot about 800 years old and revived the plant for the first time in centuries. The seeds from the large, bright orange squash have been distributed to native communities and to others, including some college students in Canada who grew a big, orange squash this fall. There is a worldwide movement to keep the planet’s rich heritage of food crops safe from genetic modification, catastrophe and loss of diversity that may result from food producers’ growing just a few high-yield or tough…

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1800s-1900s Portraits Of Native American Teen Girls Show Their Unique Beauty And Style

These rare and beautiful vintage portraits of Native American girls were taken between the late 1800s and the turn of the 19th Century, yet despite being over a century old, many of them are still surprisingly clear. Women were well respected in traditional Native American culture, and although they generally had different roles from men, they often had the same rights as their male counterparts. They usually owned the home along with everything in it, and in some tribes, while the chief was a man, it was the women who…

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Archaeologists Dig Up An 800-Year-Old Native American Pot. What They Found Inside Is Changing History

In 2008, on a dig in the First Nation’s 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 old. And inside that pot? Something that changes how we’re looking at extinction, preservation, and food storage, as well as how humans have influenced the planet in their time on it. It’s amazing to think that a little clay pot buried in the ground 800…

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Archaeologists just uncovered an American manuscript hidden in plain sight for 500 years

Long before White-Out was invented, people still found ways to get a second chance at reusing a surface. Medieval scribes scraped the ink off sheets of animal hide to reuse the pages. Plenty of artists have painted over one image with another. And now scientists have an example from the Americas as well, as reported in a new study in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. There are only a handful of manuscripts remaining from before Europeans came to the continent. They’re made of leather strips coated with a white plaster-like substance…

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