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Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness

Green Lifestyle  (tags: Trail Marker Trees, Dennis Downes, land and water navigation system, Native Americans )

- 1310 days ago -
Dennis Downes research on the Native American Marker Trees has been ongoing for nearly three decades, taking him to countless ancient Native American sites. A link in my comment will bring you to more information and photos of the trees.


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Sheryl G (360)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 12:30 pm
To learn more about this and to see photos of some Trail Marker Trees go to link below.
Native American Trial Marker Trees

Michael M (60)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 12:54 pm
I've always found it interesting that humans (the indigenous included) have found it necessary to blaze or break twigs and foliage to find their way.
With a little bit of training and practice, one can easily remember individual variation well enough not to need to do this.
Our memories (outside of that used to overexquisitely measure reciprocity and other social things) is actually MADE for finding and retaining our orientation and way in the natural wild world. Modern uses are mere aberrations.
Just practice on your own - you will find that it is not a problem to pass without mark or damage to other lifve..
The wolf smells you anyway, and even I smell th epresence of distant and invisible humans, with their voerdoused bodies, cigarette-fouled breath, loud voices and tromping.
You're never lost, and with all the living cells composing your relations ever about you, you're never alone (just here to post on the particular aberration that has created guns and dead wolves).

MmAway M (514)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 12:55 pm
OMGoodness...thank you Dande. I will keep this and return.

PERFECT!!! xo Mm

Michael M (60)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 1:46 pm
I remember retracing ancient portages, studying how wolves and humans choose similar routes, and following the well-worn paths of other animals - bears and ungulates making the easiest passages.

I remember stepping up on a hill, discovering shards from the making of stone projectile heads, and in exploring the mountains with a wolf, finding a clearly impassable saddle, vertical on one side, where a bear often spent his or her time, over a season.

These places had adequate sign that they were occupied just for the pleasure or curiosity of their magnificent view. This was clear from the fact of the obsidian and flint having come for miles in the toolmaker's bag to a place where none is naturally found, and through the scat, claw marks, and pressed vegetation in the shade.

I have seen broken branches pointing, cairns or "duck" marking the most navigable ways. Efficiency, the Wolf constantly showed me, was memory. Yes, by ignoring the ducks across the high granite, we found many places we had to reverse from. Such are the differences between eager exploration of life, and the excesses and destruction inherent in choosing to follow. Think on that, if you will.
I hope you find the beauty of rejecting manipulation, and instead, grow wise following your own way. (that said, there are a few laudable characteristics of indigenous cultures, although they mostly abdicated their wisdoms for the obvious paths and imagined rewards and richness of the invaders, the haoles - however you term the makers of malls and the freeways that choke the others who move across the earth.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 2:32 pm
Thanks for the link as well, Dandelion!

Walter F (129)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 6:41 pm
Dandelion thanks for the interesting post.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 6:51 pm
Amazing video. Thank you very much for sharing Dandelion.

Laurie H (818)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 7:04 pm
So Appreciated my friend!!! Fantastic video, very interesting share!!~~~

Catrin S (47)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 7:30 pm
This is fantastic, thanks so much for sharing this. Very interesting indeed!

Ted W (127)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 8:10 pm
Outstanding! Thank you very much for sharing this one, Dandelion! Excellent!

Snelly P (8)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 9:03 pm
So interesting!

Edith B (146)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 9:19 pm
Thanks for the link, I enjoyed it.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 9:36 pm
Dandelion's intriguing post and video, and Michael M's first-hand remarkable accounts,.brought back the thrill of the child-like innocence and faith required when allowing your soul and spirit to be your guide in the wilderness. In the 1950's, there were ancient markings carved into the oldest trees, that filled us with wonder, but they've been destroyed by NH land developers. One develops keener senses and a growing thirst for adventurous thrills and learned skills. My brother and I realized, as children, that we would receive the gift of viewing more wildlife, and have contentment in knowing that we did not inflict much disturbance upon our "forest friends", by being as quiet in movement as possible, and trying to think more as they thought; to be more "in tune", as one with nature. Vigilant, yet not filled with fear, and developing a sense of each others presence. You become very graceful; your walk and run is a dance, light-footed, precise. Evenings, patiently hiding in tall reeds and bullrushes, with firefly reflections on a dark, quiet pond---golden moonbeams glowing in an owl's eyes, as he ruffles his feathers and watches from the top of a white birch nearby. The air is spiced by the piney woods and wild berries. A beaver makes splashy spanks with his tail as an otter slides down the slippery banks into cool bubbles. Shy deer step from the cedar grove to drink from the icy spring, as a loon hauntingly sings to silvery twinkles above the lagoon. All gather to pray songs of gratefulness for another magical night beside the forest and the pond. An ancient arrowhead and a petrified wooden dock, remind us that there were others who once hid themselves in the rushes, praying with the wild things, thanking the Great Spirit for nights like this. Janice Doe Banks

Roslyn McBride (32)
Saturday March 21, 2015, 9:57 pm
Noted, this is a beautiful video, thanks, Dandelion.

Leslie Stanick (102)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 2:00 am
Thank you Dandelion for this wonderful video. I appreciated the information and images. Thank you also to Michael and Janice for their memories and knowledge...a very beautiful post bringing beautiful commentary.

Evelyn B (61)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 2:08 am
Fascinating, beautiful - and thank the heavens for people who document what might well otherwise be lost ..
Thanks, Dandelion, for sharing this

Ljiljana M (115)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 2:22 am
Thank you dear Dandelon, for the message, this post and thee link

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 3:10 am
Fascinating and interresting,thanks Sheryl.

Athena F (131)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 3:24 am
thank you

Ondine J (134)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 4:12 am
Thanks Dandelion, great clip, very interesting

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Sunday March 22, 2015, 5:36 am

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 6:36 am
Very interesting - Thanks Sheryl.

Diane K (134)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 7:33 am
Interesting, never knew about this. Thanks for posting!

Anne P (174)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 7:41 am
Fascinating! Thank you, Sheryl for posting.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 8:18 am
Fascinating....thank you!!!

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 10:24 am
The Trail Marker Tree

The hands were laid, the stakes secured,
to hold the sapling firm,
then father Time applied his will,
in process for a term.
To bind in cause, and stay in form,
but change in height and girth-
this wonderwork of nature,
set to point the way on earth.
A pathway guide - a journey's aid,
a symbol poised to show,
the way to destinations-
in the dark and in the snow.
By language known to some-
and yet to others a mystery,
the friend of Natives and to Downes,
The Trail Marker Tree.

(poem by Donald W. Hecox, JC) - Isn't that awesome!7
And what an ingenious early traffic system! Thanks Sheryl for being our own trail marker to great Native American history!

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 1:42 pm
Noted. Many thanks for posting, Dandelion.

Judy C (91)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 6:02 pm
Thanks Dandelion. The world is in such a mess because of us oh-so-civilized people. It's a nice respite to watch this video and visit the photos at the link you provided, Dandelion. It's also nice to read the comments above.

Janet B (0)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 7:20 pm

Colleen L (3)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 9:32 pm
Interesting article and website. Love the poem too. Agree with many others.. Very Fascinating. Thanks Dandelion

Animae C (507)
Monday March 23, 2015, 5:18 am
i didn't know about Trail marker Trees.
i'm so glad they are now respected & not destroyed as has been done in the past.

Thank You Dandelion

BackSoon Fowler (33)
Monday March 23, 2015, 5:28 am
Thanks Dandelion, very informative, and interesting item.

Nancy C (806)
Monday March 23, 2015, 8:01 am
running a few errands on a day off...will be back to enjoy the info and all clicks...ty friend....Interesing as always Michael. Lovely poem Angelika...

Panchali Yapa Yapa (26)
Monday March 23, 2015, 10:54 am
Thank you

Nancy C (806)
Monday March 23, 2015, 12:28 pm
I'm jealous of Dennis Downes' life!!!

Susanoffline Frudd (69)
Monday March 23, 2015, 1:43 pm
I am full of admiration and respect for indigenous people their knowledge is founded over many centuries. They are spiritually at one with nature. The trial marker trees are art as well and express their beauty in such a magnificent way. The video was most enjoyable thank you Sheryl for all the information and thank you Angelika for the lovely poem...

Sheryl G (360)
Monday March 23, 2015, 2:00 pm
More poems can be found in the link that I provided up top.

Angelika R (143)
Monday March 23, 2015, 3:22 pm
That is of course where I found it. It`'s always worth GOING TO SITE, is why she provided the link, not just the video!there is much much more to explore.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday March 23, 2015, 5:00 pm
Most certainly was a lot of information to explore and I'm glad you did so.

P A (117)
Tuesday March 24, 2015, 9:25 am
Thanks for both the links Dandelion - utterly wonderful - and utterly fascinating!
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