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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Indian Marker Tree


Holliday, Texas

About 50 feet away from where we are camped.


Indians would bend over a sapling to mark a trail as to the direction of travel, or a source of water, good place to camp or even to cross a stream among many other pieces of information.  I have seen a lot of trees growing in strange ways but never knew until now that some of them may have been Indian Marker Trees.


I took the photo in a way that what is written could be better read.


A lot of misshapen trees could be by any number of means: wind blown over, lightening strikes, another tree falling on it when it was just a sapling.  By looking at images on the web though I now know what to look for in the future when it comes to Indian trail marking.
I thought this really special to be camping where Comanche Indians once did.


4 comments:

  1. I have never heard of this before, but after reading your post I looked up images of these marker trees via the internet and some of them are truly spectacular. Fascinating story. Do the native people object to being called Indians? I though they preferred Indiginous people or first nations people.

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  2. I had no idea! Wonderful info! Thanks.

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  3. That's all new to me. We often see trees like that but in England it results from the sapling being bent over and woven into the hedge to make a stockproof barrier.

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  4. I love the way you cover these new and interesting things you and Beans discover. Thanks, John. Please keep on keepin' on.

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