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.
On Wednesday, October 20th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. everyone is invited to honor their connection to Long Man by cleaning trash out of waterways. However, this is much more than a one-time "river cleanup," it is a cultural awakening and/or re-awakening. Honoring Long Man Day cleanups will continue.
Please join the EBCI Natural Resources Department and Nikwasi Initiative at the Cherokee Fairgrounds, Cherokee, NC.
Click here to fill out the registration form and/or donate.
We would like to encourage EVERYONE to take some time on this day to clean up a waterway near you. Post a picture using #honoringlongman
Clean up zones