Contemporary folklore and stereotypes that we are exposed to contribute to a lack of knowledge concerning native American fishing practices. Brumbach (1986:36) noted that "popular folklore emphasizes fertilizer value of the fish but seems vague about their consumption as food." Perhaps the stereotype of the "hunter/gatherer" among anthropologists similarly attenuated a focus on fishing, as the word "fishing" is not included in the phrase "hunting/gathering." Despite this fact, in some societies, the role of fishing may have been equal to or surpassed that of hunting and/or gathering. 
To that end, John Humphrey Noyes devised and even more wondrous theory that mixed perfectionist thought with the Darwinist ideas that were en vogue at the time. He predicted the end of the “promiscuous scrambling” in marriage and declared the arrival of a new age of “scientific propagation” (Robertson 348). Geniuses would be born, godlike creatures even - the act of doing so would not be much different from the breeding of new varieties of “horse, swine, and potatoes” (Robertson 348). In short, he aimed at the creation of a human Triomphe de Gand strawberry (Robertson 346).