Sunday, October 21, 2PM
This presentation is based on the book written by John Wesley Anderson and published by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). The Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region is not just a story about Culturally Modified Trees; it’s about the advanced culture of the deeply spiritual people behind the trees. The Ute were the indigenous people of the Pikes Peak Region who skillfully modified trees for navigational, spiritual, burial, medicinal, nutritional and educational purposes. The Ute name for Pikes Peak was Tava, meaning Sun Mountain. Tava was the most sacred of all the Shining Mountains for the Ute believed the Creator allowed the day to start there first and each day is a gift from the Creator. The Ute believe that anything created by the hands of the Creator has a spirit, including a horse, an eagle, a bear, a person or a tree.