54) Mystery of the Trees

Mystery of the Trees
published by Mountain Stewards Publishing Company, Jasper, GA, 30143
Book Description: A full color, 218 page book with Lustro Offset Environmental (LOE) paper, and spirally bound to make it useful in the field. Book is 8.5 x 5.5 x ¾ inch. ISBN 978-1-4507-8174-9.
Don and Diane Wells
with Dr. John Nardo, Robert Wells and Lamar Marshall

This book covers six years of work in documenting a part of the cultural heritage of the American Indians that is rapidly disappearing. In the early 1900’s, some information on the trees was published, but then it languished in archives. The subject remained below the radar for years. Now, through interviews with tribal elders and extensive research, this book tells the story.

The Indian Trail Trees are sacred to the Native Americans and their preservation is very importance. Although many of these trees can live to be 300 to 600 years old, some are near the end of their lives. Others, unfortunately, have been destroyed by urban development or vandals. The meanings of these trees are not completely known. They may never be known since those who know are all but gone. Some of these trees are found marking old Indian Trails. Others point to water, shelter, stream crossings and more. The techniques for bending a tree into a particular shape have, for the most part, been lost. However, these “living artifacts” are a testimony to the skills and knowledge of the Indian people in their being one with nature.
Comments on Mystery of the Trees
Diane M. GA: “You have given a voice to the trees, answering questions that I have always had about them and giving recognition to the resourcefulness of our Native Americans.”
Dave P. GA “What can I say. A masterpiece.”
Linda H., KS: “Thanks, Don & Diane for a wonderful book …. Very well done!”
Bob G. AR “I purchased two of the “Mystery of the Trees” books, one for myself and my Granddaughter, and I have found the book to be very well written, interesting, and informative and it is helping me understand some of the Arkansas Indian history, not taught is schools, and what to look for when I am in the woods. A very good book and a must read.”
To purchase the book, send a check to Mountain Stewards, P.O. Box 1525, Jasper GA 30143 and the book will be mailed to you. For GA residents, the cost of a book with shipping and tax is
[24.95 + $4.00 S&H + $1.75 GATAX =] $30.70; for all others the cost
is [$24.95 + $4.00 S&H =] $28.95. Call 706-692-1565 for multiple orders.
Also may be purchased at:
Oconee Heritage Center
123 Brown Square Drive
, SC  29691