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The environmental effects for ¤sh are much more speci¤c. Dams form barriers to the migration of ¤shes and create habitats anomalous to their speci¤c location. In some cases the changes in the environment are re®ected in lexical and other differences 32 / Chapter 2 between people who live and ¤sh on the Qualla Boundary today and those who are re®ected in Fradkin’s analysis of the period 1700–1838 (Fradkin 1990). In historical documents from that period, Fradkin found mention of one Cherokee name, jiliya, for both the sauger (Stizostedion canadense) and the walleye (S.
Descriptions from the 1930s show that the area was again being reevaluated in yet another survival context: “The commercial activities of the Cherokees have increased owing to the frequent and numerous contacts with white demand for local products. . For agricultural products and Indian artifacts there has arisen a considerable demand, and interest in the dancing and the ball game on the part of whites has led to the formation of Indian companies to travel and give exhibitions of native games and dance in white communities.
4 Throughout the history of the contact period, but especially in the last 100 years, threats to the local environment and the survival of its species have been both initiated and mitigated through the activities of its human inhabitants. Ethnohistory permits an evaluation of the Cherokee and non-Cherokee components of those threats and shows us how individuals have adapted and maintained their knowledge of ¤sh and ¤shing into the 21st century. This research focuses on the changes in the language, culture, and environment related to aquatic resources that have transpired since contact with Europeans.