Old Cherokee fishtrap

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bearden82. on October 15, 2009

This is really interesting. i guess they would herd the fish into the bottom of the v shape, and there would have been a some kind of white oak basket to catch the fish there. Along the rivers of the upcountry of South Carolina i have seen many piles of stones out in the middle of the rivers. i have always thought that these were indian made.

Matthew Timothy Brad… on November 14, 2009

That’s cool, I would love to know some of the locations! I know there was a weir documented on the Little River shortly after it was first settled by Europeans. See p. 169 of the book at http://www.archive.org/details/expansionofsouth00meriuoft

An old professor of mine wrote a paper that talks about this one—http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/sero/appalachian/sec6.htm She found out that it was a Cherokee weir that was maintained by a later white landowner, which accounts for its unusual visibility.

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Matthew Timothy Bradley
Berkshire Co., Mass.

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  • Uploaded on January 14, 2009
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    by Matthew Timothy Brad…
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A540
    • Taken on 2009/01/03 12:55:17
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