For more than a decade, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault – also known as the “Doomsday” vault – has been maintaining the world’s largest collection of different cultures. This week, the Cherokee Nation was the first tribe in the United States to be asked to deposit samples in the vault.
According to a Cherokee Nation press release, the secretary of the tribe of natural resources has collected nine samples of heirlooms to send to the long-term seed store, which is deep in a mountain on a remote island halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the north is Pole. The vault was built in 2008 to withstand man-made and natural disasters and is part of an international effort to ensure the conservation of a variety of plant seeds.
The vault offers space for 4.5 million types of grain and currently houses almost 1 million samples from almost every country in the world.
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Harvests from the vault could provide food for humans in the event of a disaster, but they also serve to protect plants that are endangered by climate change.
Deep below the barren surface of the arctic tundra in Norway is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an international project to secure global food sources.
CBS newsThe Cherokee Nation samples contain Cherokee White Eagle Corn, the most sacred maize of the tribe. They also sent Cherokee Long Greasy Beans, Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans, Cherokee Turkey Gizzard, black and brown beans, Cherokee Candy Roaster Squash and three other corn varieties.Every variety that […]