Bayou Teche snake sculpture inspired by Chitimacha legend
In Breaux Bridge, La., on the bank of the Bayou Teche sits a remarkable granite sculpture of a legendary snake. The body of the snake is designed to follow the exact shape and route of the bayou as it winds its way through the Teche Country of south Louisiana – from Port Barre and Breaux Bridge through New Iberia, Franklin and Morgan City.
The sculpture was inspired by a Chitimacha legend involving a huge snake, many miles long, that was the enemy of the tribe. Legend has it that Chitimacha warriors finally killed the snake, and Bayou Teche was formed where the snake's body lay. (Bayou Teche in the Chitimacha language means "Snake Bayou.")
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