Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stylized Drawing of Fishweir (A Nutty Idea)

"In Folk Medicine of the Delaware and Related Algonkian Indians by Gladys Tantaquidgeon, Gladys lists on page 30: CHESTNUT (Aesculus glabra), “big acorn tree”: …Nuts are ground up for use as a fish poison in streams. This is known as “fish peyote” as it makes the fish "dizzy" and they can be caught easily.”

And I say, "What could be less labor intensive than having some stunned "dizzy" fish flow downstream into your waiting basket at a gap in any sort of fishweir and the Nonnewaug fishweir in particular?"
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