This is another article about the apple trees that the Native Americans cultivated before Columbus.
Message: <email@example.com> From: Yuri Kuchinsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Re: lots of Native American apples Newsgroups: sci.archaeology, sci.anthropology, rec.gardens Date: 2002-05-06 14:58:19 PST Greetings all, See my previous post on this subject at, http://groups.google.ca/groups?selm=2b61489c.0205040829.43bef3c3%40posting.google.com Well, it's quite amazing to see all this hostility and insults that have greeted the very unusual information about Cherokee apples that I've posted yesterday. Sure looks like there's a whole gang of Hyper-Diffusionists now who are trying to impose their ethnocentric view of history on the rest of us in sci.archaeology... Nobody, not one of them, has even bothered to look at all the other info that I've posted, besides the story of Chief Junaluskee's apple-tree. It looks like their eyes will forever remain closed to the great cultural achievements of Native Americans... And it sure looks like they consider Mr Weller as their leader of some sort, and so they just follow his lead like a herd of cattle. With a shepherd like this, obviously these sheep will come to no good. I would have thought that, as a former elementary school teacher, Mr. Weller would be a little bit more sensitive about cross-cultural communication, but, alas, this is not the case... So then let me post some more info from the same website. Not for these rabid Hyper-Diffusionists, of course, but for the rest of us, who might be otherwise inclined. Because this is what Silas McDowell, this great Southern pomologist, who sure knew his apples, wrote. He said that the Cherokee apples were the best for this particular climate of North Carolina! And he further gave a very impressive list of these apples, that I will comment upon further, [quote] Winter apples http://www.rabun.net/~phillips/winter_apples.htm In this article, McDowell described his efforts to develop winter apples which would grow well in his part of North Carolina. He also listed the apples that he developed and tells how they were named. From the April, 1858 issue of The North Carolina Planter (pp. 125-126). ... I have seen seedling Winter Apples, which had their origin amongst the Cherokee Indians, equal to any Apple I ever saw at the North; ... 1. Camack's Winter Sweet, 2. Maverick's Winter Sweet, 3. McDowell's Winter Sweet, 4. Cullasaga, 5. Nickajack. C 6. Ducket, (white.) 7. Alarkee. 8. Equinetely. 9. Cullawhee, (18 inches,) 10. Junaluskee. C 11. Watauga. 12. Tilleqoah. C 13. Chestooah. All of Cherokee origin, save the 4 as marked. [unquote] Now, this WWW version of this article doesn't say which apples of this list of 13 varieties are non-Cherokee apples. But, any way you look at it, we have here 9 apple varieties that the Cherokees had, but the white man didn't. Does this look like the Cherokees have borrowed these 9 apple varieties from the white man, from the recent European settlers? No, my friends, this is not Alice in Wonderland. Clearly, this particular "Columbian Exchange" went the other way around! So perhaps any of our gang of sci.arch Hyper-Diffusionists would like to suggest where did these Cherokees get their apples from? After all, we have some eminent archaeological and anthropological authorities here, who claim to know quite a lot about American history and archaeology... So who was it who "gave" the Cherokees all these apples? And where were they coming from, from which foreign land? The world waits with baited breath... Yuri. Yuri Kuchinsky -=O=- Toronto Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge -- Alfred North Whitehead
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