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Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit

 
 
Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2019
1. Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit Marker
Inscription.  The Cherokee were highly dependent on rivers and smaller waterways and developed a very strong connection with water that manifested itself both spiritually and practically. Cherokee villages and towns were located in close proximity to streams and rivers. A river was respected as sacred and known among the Cherokee as the "Long Man". Evidence reveals that the gates of Cherokee settlements directly faced rivers.

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.

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"Water Blessing" by Doug Young image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2019
2. "Water Blessing" by Doug Young
This piece depicts a Cherokee figure offering thanks to the Creator for the gift of water.
the Statue

• 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.
 
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 (about 600 feet away); Textile Hall (about 700 feet away); Historic Plants Garden (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Related markers.
Marker detail: Cherokee Town Painting image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Cherokee Town Painting
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.) 
 
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Marker detail: Cherokee Territory Map image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Cherokee Territory Map
Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2019
5. Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit Marker (wide view)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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