Comanche Marker Trees of Texas

Comanche Marker Trees of Texas


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623494483
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 09/23/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 582,227
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jimmy W. Arterberry ix

Preface Steye Houser xi

Acknowledgments Steve Houser xiii

Introduction Linda Pelon xv

Part 1 The Process

1 Basic Information Regarding Indian Marker Trees Steve Houser 1

2 Early Recorded History of Indian Marker Trees Steve Houser 12

3 The Process of Qualifying and Recognizing Trees Steve Houser Jimmy W. Arterberry Linda Pelon 23

4 Comanche Marker Tree Taxonomy: Comanche Marker/Turning/Pointing/Leaning/Bent Trees (Medicine Trees) Jimmy W. Arterberry 41

5 Determining the Age Range of a Tree Steve Houser 45

6 Maps of Recognized and Potential Comanche Marker Trees Steve Houser 61

Part 2 Tree Biology and Natural Forces

7 Nature Can Create Bent Trees Steve Houser 71

8 Bending Trunks and Limbs Alters Their Biological and Mechanical Functions Steve Houser 83

Part 3 Profiles of Recognized Comanche Marker Trees

9 Gateway Park Comanche Marker Tree: Lower White Rock Creek Section of Dallas's Great Trinity Forest Steve Houser Linda Pelon 99

10 Storytelling Place Comanche Marker Tree Steve Houser 111

11 Cedar Ridge Comanche Marker Tree Steve Houser 127

12 California Crossing Comanche Marker Tree Steve Houser Linda Pelon 137

13 Birds Fort Trail Comanche Marker Tree Steve Houser Linda Pelon 157

14 Irving Escarpment Ridge Comanche Marker Tree Steve Houser Linda Pelon 167

15 Comanche Marker Trees Conclusion Steve Houser 182

References 183

Contributors 185

Index 187


Dallas, Waco, TX

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