East Coast Archeologists have uncovered a stone-carved artifact they believe is Native American in origin. The artifact was discovered along the Connecticut River and is believed by historians to be “The Soul of the Earth”, a worship idol which belonged to the Seekwin Indians. This artifact, discovered while examining ground soil dug up as part of a reconstruction project, provides a tangible source of evidence that Native Americans lived in the area prehistorically. The excavation was conducted in abidance with the American Historic Conservation Act of 1963.  The East Coast Archeologist Association (ECAA) has taken the artifact to an examination lab for further examination. There, it will be catalogued and entered into the Museum of Ancient U.S. Artifacts for permanent viewing.

  “The Soul of the Earth” was believed by the Seekwin Indians to hold mystical powers that revealed the mysteries of the Earth. These mysteries, when exposed, were used for survival which included overpowering neighboring tribes for resources. Legend has it that the Seekwin Indians would worship the idol until there was a sign from the Earth such as rainfall, wind, or fire. Then the tribal leader would listen to the “soul” for direction.  

  Discoverers believe the Seekwin’s, who were hunters and gathers by origin, used the idol to develop a combination system of agriculture and aquaculture.  This system of crop and animal farming guaranteed the Seekwin Indians survival. They multiplied in numbers and eventually developed into a chiefdom covering a large portion of the New England area. 

  Other artifacts have been discovered in surrounding areas confirming that the Seekwin Indians were a dominating empire for thousands of years before their genocide in the 17th and 18th centuries. Items such as pottery, hunting weapons, and other worship idols are already on display in museums in the New England area. 

Janel Martinez