Signals – Three Things Challenge # 5


Signals – Three Things Challenge # 5

Today’s prompt: chemistry, blanket, mailbox


Back in the days of yore, when the Native Americans lived in peace with all of nature, there were many separate tribes. They all had their own sections of land to tend, and there were few squabbles. There were the inevitable little skirmishes and disagreements, of course, but mostly they all got along well.

Before being modernized by the Pony Express delivering mail across the vast nation, there needed to be some form of communication. The indigenous peoples figured out how to talk to one another over long distances, by using smoke signals. They didn’t write letters to each other, they didn’t have mailboxes for home and tent delivery of messages, so the smoke signals served their needs very well.

A smudgy fire would be lit, producing a lot of smoke. The head of communications, usually an elder, would use a blanket to cover the smoke, or let it out into the air. These smoky puffs were a sort of Morse Code, and all tribes understood what they meant. The signals could be seen over long distances, and read by others.

The early peoples didn’t really understand much about chemistry, but that’s what they were using. The chemical reaction of  wood and fire served to produce smoke, which for the time was a great invention in the art of communicating.


Here’s a more detailed look at how smoke signals were used…


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© 2019 BS

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