No matter how you spell it, the Raquette River has been a unifying force for human communities in this region for thousands of years. The river has been our road, our well, our power supply, our recreation, our ice tray, our scenery, our income, our sewer.
Anthropology, science of human culture, helps us to understand how, over the years, we have altered the river to serve us, but at the same time adjusted our lives to the river.
Taking the long view is instructive. For ten thousand years humans who came upon the Racquette perceived it as a great resource and a boon to the good life. The pioneers and native Americans depended upon the Racket for food, water, transportation and energy. Today we still depend upon the Racket, though it is a much changed river.