The Water Monster of the Tuckasegee River

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North Carolina has it’s own River Monster legend, thanks to the Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee believed a dangerous water monster lived in a place they called Akwe’ti’yi, which is described in James Mooney’s 1902 book, Myths of the Cherokee as being located at:

A spot on Tuckasegee river, in Jackson county, between Dick’s creek and the upper end of Cowee tunnel.

This area of the river is off of the Great Smokey Mountain Expressway, Hwy 74 / 441 around Dillsboro, NC.  Dick’s Creek is located along Dick’s Creek Road. South of that, down the Expressway, is Haywood Road, which parallels the river.

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