Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit
Rivers had many uses, including transportation, drinking water and farming.
The Cherokee were committed to purity and balance. Charles Hudson, a 20th century scholar of Native American tribes in the southeastern U.S. wrote, "The Cherokee believed that man had to exploit nature to live, but that man should do so carefully and that nature was not infinitely forgiving." Many Cherokee spiritual ceremonies, sometimes called "going to water" are still practiced today. The "going to water" ceremony of purification and prayer may involve a simple sprinkling or a full immersion. It takes place in a moving body of water like a stream or a river and for some Cherokee remains a daily practice. This statue depicts such a ceremony.
• Sculptor Doug Young resides in Greenville, S.C.
• Greenville Water commissioned "Water Blessing" in 2015.
• This piece depicts a Cherokee figure offering thanks to the Creator for the gift of water.
• Doug Young is best known for his signature piece, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, which was unveiled in 2002.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Natural Resources.
Location. 34° 51.162′ N, 82° 24.32′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broad Street and West Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on West Broad Street. Marker and sculpture are located in an interpretive plaza at the southwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 West Broad Street, Greenville SC 29601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Table Rock Watershed (here, next to this marker); Lake Keowee Watershed (here, next to this marker); Cherokee in the Upcountry / Beginnings of Greenville Water (here, next to this marker); Saluda (Poinsett) Watershed (a few steps from this marker); Prospect Hill Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St Mary's Catholic Church Textile Hall (about 700 feet away); Historic Plants Garden (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Greenville Water History
Also see . . . Water a Centerpiece of Cherokee Culture. To the Cherokee, water is about more than just the flow of stories. It’s about the flow of life. A river is described as a long man with his head in the mountains and his feet in the sea. This long man was the source of drinking water and food and medicine. The rivers were a way of organizing towns, travel by dugout canoe and a way of navigating, but also the source of legends about gateways to other worlds. That “long man” was a revered figure among the Cherokee. (Submitted on June 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.