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Native American Trail Systems


Native American Trail Systems and Bent Trail Trees Native American culture is all around us in the Carolinas but few people know just how ancient and complex the network of tribal travel and commerce was in this region. Two men, among others, are in the midst of mapping the main travel routes of the Cherokees and other tribes and the guideposts of the ancient routes are a surprising discovery. The native peoples practiced the lore of bending trees so that they grew in a variety of uncommon ways. These mysterious trees became guideposts to water sources, hunting grounds and markers to show travelers the correct path. We'll follow the trail of the Indian Trees and learn about efforts to preserve them and the early culture of the Carolinas. Guests Don Wells - Author, Mystery Trees and President, Mountain Stewards Organization (pictured, right.) Lamar Marshall - Cultural Heritage Director, WildSouth Forest Protection Organization Add and read comments