When the apocalypse hits and mankind is forced to scavenge for food, one of the first places to be raided will be the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or Global Seed Bank as it more commonly known.
Now, future humans will have a bit more variety of seeds to choose from thanks to a generous donation from the Cherokee Nation. The donation of seeds represents the first indigenous American tribe in the U.S. to be invited to contribute its seeds to the vault, which is located on a remote island between the North Pole and Norway.
The idea behind the Global Seed Bank, which was opened in 2008 is to preserve and protect the duplicates of seed samples from the world’s crop collections for future use. The vault was designed to withstand both natural and man-made disasters and is located well above sea-level, meaning its protected from rising oceans.
Cherokee Nation first tribe in U.S. to send heirloom seeds to global seed vault in Norway. Check out the Anadisgoi story! https://t.co/TLIY9GyMz7
— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) February 5, 2020
According to Anadisgoi, a total of nine different heirloom seeds were donated to the vault including, Cherokee Long Greasy Beans, Cherokee Candy Roaster Squash, Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans, and Cherokee White Eagle Corn, a type of corn which the Native American tribe considers to be it’s most sacred.
“It is such an honour to have a piece of our culture preserved forever. Generations from now, these seeds will still hold our history and there will always be a part of the Cherokee Nation in the world, said Chuck Hoskin Jr. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief.
The donation of seeds will be deposited to the vault and its 980,000 other seeds on 25 February 2020.