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Honoring Long Man

The Cherokee have always viewed the river as

"Long Man (Gunahita Asgaya)" whose head lay in the mountains with feet in the sea. Long Man (or Long Person) was a revered figure among the Cherokee as the one who provided water to drink, cleanliness, food, and numerous cultural rituals tied to medicine and washing away bad thoughts and sadness.

Annually in the fall, numerous EBCI and regional organizations get together to honor the flowing waters of our region and to clean the banks and river bottoms. 

This year everyone will gather on September 8th at the Wolftown Gym at 8:00 AM for a free breakfast, gather equipment, and break into groups. 


We would like to encourage EVERYONE to take some time to clean up a waterway near you. Post a picture using #honoringlongman

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