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Sautee/Nachoochee—Sacred Valley

Sautee/Nachoochee—Sacred Valley

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A view from the bridge that crosses the Chattahoochee river near the intersection of GA Hwy 75 and the Unicoi Turnpike. This beautiful and ancient valley, called Sautee Nacoochee, was once the home of prehistoric mound building indians . Built in 10,000 BC the legend of the mound (on the far left of the painting) goes that Sautee: a Choctaw brave had a forbidden love with a lovely young Cherokee princess named Nacoochee (which translated means “The Evening Star”). The two ran away with each other and hid on the slope of Mount Yonah. A Cherokee search party found them, and Nacoochee`s father ordered Sautee thrown off the face of the mountain. Seconds after Sautee was thrown from the mountain, Nacoochee flung herself after him, refusing to live without her love. The two lovers were buried together in the large mound. The area is now named after the two. It is said if you desecrate or even tread on the mound, bad fortune will come to you from Indian spirits. I hope painting it does not count.

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64.0" x 34.0"
Acrylic and oil on canvas

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