Comanche Marker Trees of Texas

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Texas A&M University Press, Sep 23, 2016 - History - 224 pages
In this unprecedented effort to gather and share knowledge of the Native American practice of creating, designating, and making use of marker trees, an arborist, an anthropologist, and a Comanche tribal officer have merged their wisdom, research, and years of personal experience to create Comanche Marker Trees of Texas.

A genuine marker tree is a rare find—only six of these natural and cultural treasures have been officially documented in Texas and recognized by the Comanche Nation. The latter third of the book highlights the characteristics of these six marker trees and gives an up-to-date history of each, displaying beautiful photographs of these long-standing, misshapen, controversial symbols that have withstood the tests of time and human activity.

Thoroughly researched and richly illustrated with maps, drawings, and photographs of trees, this book offers a close look at the unique cultural significance of these living witnesses to our history and provides detailed guidelines on how to recognize, research, and report potential marker tree candidates.
 

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User Review  - billsearth - LibraryThing

Good science, history, and photos. Multiple experts help the project. I would like to have seen the estimated age brackets of the studied trees however. Read full review

Contents

1 Basic Information Regarding Indian Marker Trees
1
2 Early Recorded History of Indian Marker Trees
12
3 The Process of Qualifying and Recognizing Trees
23
4 Comanche Marker Tree Taxonomy
41
5 Determining the Age Rangeof a Tree
45
6 Maps of Recognized and Potential Comanche Marker Trees
61
Tree Biology and Natural Forces
69
7 Nature Can Create Bent Trees
71
10 Storytelling Place Comanche Marker Tree
111
11 Cedar Ridge Comanche Marker Tree
127
12 California Crossing Comanche Marker Tree
137
13 Birds Fort Trail Comanche Marker Tree
157
14 Irving Escarpment Ridge Comanche Marker Tree
167
15 Comanche Marker Trees Conclusion
182
Reference List
183
Contributors
185

8 Bending Trunks and Limbs Alters Their Biological and Mechanical Functions
83
Profiles of Comanche Marker Trees
97
9 Gateway Park Comanche Marker Tree
99

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About the author (2016)

STEVE HOUSER owns Arborilogical Services, Inc. in Dallas. LINDA PELON is professor of anthropology at McLennan Community College in Waco. JIMMY W. ARTERBERRY is Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Comanche Nation.

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