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Trees That Speak: Marked Trees That Revealed Sources to Nomadic Comanche Still Stand

Comanche in conversation near a bent tree.
Artwork by John Wilson.

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Published September 14, 2018 By JIMMY W. ATTERBERRY

The use of trees to identify a location has always been important in the traditional life of the Comanche. In days of old, our ancestors would mark a tree, or use a tree that was naturally marked and stood out on the landscape, to identify a resource. The tree itself was a resource and could be used to identify various other resources, such as food, medicine, water, a path, a burial site or a meeting place. More often than not, these trees marked more than a single resource.

For nomadic people, it was important to remember locations where activities took place and that, in the oral tradition, held significant information about cultural life. These types of trees are still important and in use today...

To read the full article by Jimmy W. Atterberry of the Comanche Nation, click here.

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Mr. Jimmy W. Atterberry

Mr. Atterberry is the tribal administrator for the Comanche Nation. He was previously the tribal preservation officer.

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