Dakwa

Freshwater Monster of Tennessee. Etymology: Cherokee (Iroquoian) word. Behavior: Knocks over boats. Said to be able t o swallow a man whole.

Distribution: Lit t le Tennessee River, near t he mout h of Lit t le Toqua Creek, Monroe Count y, Tennessee; French Broad River, Buncombe Count y, Nort h Carolina.

Sources: Albert S. Gat schet , "Wat er-Monst ers of American Aborigines," Journal of American Folklore 12 (1899): 255-260; Don Chesnut, East ern Cherokee Place Names, 1999, ht t p://www.users.mis.net /~chesnut / pages/cherokeeplace.ht m.

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