- Does anyone know of any historical references to the use of seedballs in
native agricultuer? In my online reserach thuis far I have come across only
two vague but fascinating clues. Though I found no specific information on
techniques or types of seeds used, I have read the Anastazi and/or Hopi
Indians may have used seedballs to plant food crops in the American
southwest. Another web page mentioned that Native Americans in the northern
part of the U.S. used this technique to propagate wild rice--mixing the
seeds into clay balls, then paddling out in canoes and tossing the balls
into the water. In this case the clay was used primarily to weight the seeds
so that they would sink to the bottom of the lake rather than float on top
of the water. Ingenious!
I would love to know more if anyone has come up with more detailed info!