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Texas History: Comanche Nation Marker Tree Dedicated in Ceremony

Comanche Nation and Texas Historical Tree Coalition recognize marker tree. Photo by Torin Halsey.
Comanche Nation and Texas Historical Tree Coalition recognize marker tree. Photo by Torin Halsey.

Published March 17, 2018 By Torin Halsey

 

The Comanche Nation and the Texas Historic Tree Coalition officially dedicated an Indian marker tree, two miles south of Holliday. Marker trees were altered as young saplings by tying them down or making small cuts to change their natural growth. They could signal water sources, hunting grounds, burial sites, etc.

This pecan tree, located on the Stonewall Jackson Camp #249 south of Holliday, was officially recognized as an Indian marker tree by the Texas Historic Tree Coalition and the Comanche Nation. Photo by Torin Halsey.

The ceremony began with a Comanche elder wafting sweet-smelling cedar smoke from a smudge pot as a blessing on the approximately 100 people attending Friday morning's dedication of an official Indian Marker Tree.

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To watch a video of the Holliday Comanche Marker Tree Dedication Celebration, visit https://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/news/local/2018/03/17/texas-history-comanche-nation-marker-tree-dedicated-ceremony/433268002/.

About the author

Ms. Halsey is a reporter for the Wichita Falls Times Record News.

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