early adopters?

Wonder if the use of smoke signals by native americans can be seen as an early pre-technology version of text messaging,  (sms on Wikipedia ) and if that could be seen as an example of a technology, fitting a long lasting trend.

drawing of an native American sending a smoke signal

Early long distance messaging

Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

illustration keywords: communication, fire, smoke, message, signal, media, dessert, first mover