Discovery is always deeper

1978 American Indian Movement Longest WalkAfter digging to a depth of 50 feet last year, Mexican scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Mexicans, in the weeks that followed Texan scientists dug to a depth of 75 feet. Headlines in the Houston newspapers read: “Texas archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded they had an advanced communications network a hundred years earlier than Mexico.”

One week later, the Navajo Nation Council published in the Window Rock Navajo Times, “After digging to a depth of 90 feet in wash beds near Kayenta, Elmer Chee reported that he found absolutely nothing. The tribe has therefore concluded that 300 years ago the Navajo were already wireless.” [link]

The National Film Board of Canada has posted insightful footage of the effort to call attention to broken treaty. This is a documentary that reveals courage and frustration in a nonviolent demonstration where men, women and children become a people standing. You Are on Indian Land, 1969

2008 Longest Walk across USA