Native American Prayer Trees of Colorado

Native American Prayer Trees of Colorado

by John Wesley Anderson


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Native American Prayer Trees of Colorado is a book about the cultural tradition of a people. John Wesley Anderson takes his readers on a journey of discovery through his study of the Native American tradition of modifying trees for navigational, medicinal, burial, educational and spiritual purposes. Working in close association with members and elders of the Southern Ute Reservation, the study of previous researchers, and people familiar with these culturally modified trees, Anderson has built a compelling and fascinating work which greatly moves forth the documentation and preservation of these cultural and spiritual landmarks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943829019
Publisher: Rhyolite Press LLC
Publication date: 06/06/2018
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 341,875
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

The Journey

The Journey Continues 1

The Ute 2

The Challenge and Conflict in Categorizing Culturally Modified Trees 5

Determining CMTs versus Natural Causes 10

Trailmarker Tree 13

Medicine Tree 16

Burial Tree 18

Story Tree 21

Prophecy Tree 23

The Stories

Beulah, Pueblo County 27

Sleeping Ute Mountain, Montezuma County 31

The Sand Dunes, Costilla County 34

Wahatoya – Spanish Peaks, Huerfano County 38

Bear Basin Ranch, Custer County 43

United States Air Force Academy, El Paso County 47

Monument Preserve, El Paso County 50

Story Trees of the Black Forest, El Paso County 54

Along the Cherokee Trail, Eastern El Paso and Southern Douglas Counties 65

Spring Valley Cemetery, Douglas County 71

Spruce Mountain, Douglas County 74

Pike National Forest, Douglas County 78

Morrison, Jefferson County 81

Evergreen, Jefferson County 84

Conifer, Jefferson County 87

Moqui (Moki) Steps, Jefferson County 89

Pine Ridge, Jefferson County 91

Florissant Fossil Beds, Teller County 98

Loya’s Story, Teller County 100

The Future 104

Glossary 107

Bibliography 111

About the Author 115

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