Nature, as it is, we think we know so much about it, and yet we haven’t even scratched the surface. Now that summer is at its end, the weather…
Nature, as it is, we think we know so much about it, and yet we haven’t even scratched the surface. Now that summer is at its end, the weather cools down making it a great opportunity for us to go out, and explore. Or just go on a short walk, breathe some fresh air. Now, don’t just grab the bug spray, put some boots on and think you are ready. Nature holds many secrets so take this piece of advice with you along the way. Just while taking that relaxing walk, look around for bent trees. Just hold on a little more and we will tell you all about it.
What you probably didn’t know is that Native Americans used to strap the trees down, forcing the trees to grow bent. The American Forests state that bent trees are clear Native American trail markers. They explain that the method of using bent trees to mark trails was widely used by them. It was popular all across the land.
“Native Americans would bend young trees to create permanent trail markers, designating safe paths through rough country and pointing travelers toward water, food or other important landmarks. Over the years, the trees have grown, keeping their original shape, but with their purpose all but forgotten as modern life sprang up around them.”
Of course, there are bent trees all around, how do you know which is the real one? A real marker that is. The devil is always in the details. We will also explain the few important details that you need to keep eye on while looking for these ancient trail markers.
Bent trees by nature itself differ from the ones that are markers left by Native Americans by few things. One and most noticeable are the tree’s nose. You can see this on the image above. The Native Americans inserted a piece of the tree into a hole, and with time the tree would grow around it, forming the nose. You won’t see much of these made by nature. Also, while carefully trying to conclude if a tree is a trail marker or not, you should check for scars on the tree. You should look at the top part of the inner bed. These scars on the tree are left from the straps Native Americans placed when the trees were young.
Ok! That was the amazing part of the story. The sad part of this amazing story is that most of these trees are at least 150 years old, meaning they are at the end of their lifespan. Also, the human factor has never been gentle towards nature. This is why Mountain Stewards were founded. This website is mapping out more than 1,000 bent trees all across the country and shows exactly where they are.
If you want to catch a glimpse back into history, you should hurry and check this amazing doing of Native Americans before they are all gone.