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IN OMG! ON 23 Nov, 2015
A squash has an edible fruit, and there are five known species of squash grown worldwide. Some call the squash as pumpkin or guard, which is dependent on the plant's locality, variety, and species. Anyway, how would you feel if you discovered an 800-year-old seed of a squash species that was thought to be extinct? Well, wouldn't you want to grow it back to remove it from the "this plant's extinct" list? Luckily, some archaeologists stumbled on a centuries-old pottery that had the ancient seeds to an ancient plant.
...archaeologists digging at the First Nation's Menominee Reservation site located in Wisconsin unearthed an 800-year-old clay pot.
Aside from the remarkable age of the pot, something truly remarkable was found: actual squash seeds that are also at least 800 years old. Even better: they were squash seeds of a species that have been regarded by everyone as extinct. This basically changed how people thought of preservation, even during the old times.
Yup. The 800-year-old seeds were planted by students from Winnipeg to try their luck and basically resurrect an extinct but not so extinct squash species. And, what do you know, it totally worked! It's like magic, but it's totally scientific and legitimate.
With the successful revival of the squash species, it was named Gete-okosomin which refers to "Big Old Squash" in the Menominee language because, well, it is quite big and was just revived by finding an 800-year-old clay pot.
To prevent the big ol' squash from going extinct again, the community has began to cultivate the squash species and reproduce it to grow the numbers.
Yes, it's a squash, but it's special not just because of the circumstances that led to its revival, but also because it showed a glimpse of the remarkable history of First Nation.