Speaking of bent trees…

And speaking of bent trees (yesterday’s post), here’s something interesting about the Native American tradition of bending trees to mark trails. They observed how young trees were bent by nature (because of wind, ice, fallen trees) and did the same thing in order to use the bent trees as navigation markers.

“Did Native American Bend These Trees to Mark Trails?” (from Atlas Obscura)

“The casual observer views them merely as deformed freaks; but careful observation and comparison of the nature of the deformities indicate that these trees did not acquire their strange shapes simply by accident.”

This story is interesting to me because of all the skeptics who still doubt that such shapes could be human-made, despite plenty of evidence that they are. Hmmm. Sounds like a lot of climate change deniers, doesn’t it?

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