Have you ever noticed a tree that bends in a strange way or has a twisted trunk? It’s probably not a natural occurrence.

Uphill View 2During recent hikes and visits to protected open space, DLC supporters began to note oddly shaped trunks and branches on random pine trees. Did you know that these may actually be the handiwork of the Ute Native Americans from centuries ago?

Over 120 people joined Douglas Land Conservancy on Saturday, February 27th, for a very special presentation by local author, artist, and consultant, John Wesley Anderson. Based on his book, Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region, John shared information about Culturally Modified Trees and the advanced culture of the deeply spiritual people behind the trees. The Utes modified trees for navigational, spiritual, burial, medicinal, nutritional, and educational purposes. The presentation included images of trees that can be found in our region.  DLC will be offering a hike later in the year to see examples of the Prayer Trees that have been identified locally.