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By the mid 1800s, the Patawomeck people adapted fishing techniques to incorporate eel pots. el was an important food source for the indigenous people .An eel pot is a type of trap that is a cylindrical basket made of woven branches or other materials, with a funnel-shaped entrance on one end. The eel would swim into the trap through the entrance, but once inside, it would have difficulty finding its way back out.  traps would be checked periodically and eels removed. The patawomeck people wre skilled hunters and fishermen. The use of eels pots is just one of many traditional hunting and fishing adaptations. 
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