That simple statement becomes abundantly clear in showing how Alabama’s history, ancient to modern, connects our rivers to who we are and where we are going. In Alabama, rivers are embedded in culture and in the human psyche. The State’s art, music, and folklore depict rivers in a variety of ways from transporting goods to being baptized. Lacking deserts, rocky coasts, large lakes, and expansive grasslands, Alabama’s history revolved around rivers and piney woods.Forces of nature and human activities have profoundly shaped our rivers, and whether or not we appreciate it, our rivers are now shaping us.