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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. 

Please contact us if you'd like to participate in the 2023 celebration.


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


Participants from last year's celebration

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