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Culturally peeled trees handbook

Author(s): Marcy Reiser, Laurie S. Huckaby
Year Published: None.

This guide was developed to help identify Culturally Peeled Trees. Culturally Peeled Trees are a specific type of Culturally Modified Tree. The term is used to describe the mostly pre-reservation practice by aboriginal or native people of 'peeling,' or removing, the bark/cambium layer of a tree for a variety of procurement and symbolic purposes. The bark peel results in a very distinctive scar and heal-over which is distinguishable from other natural and human-caused injuries to the tree. Using tree-ring analysis, these scars can be crossdated, providing us with an invaluable record of the past including very precise dates -even seasonality- about when people were present on the land.

Citation: Reiser, Marcy; Huckaby, Laurie S. Culturally peeled trees handbook. 18 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Cultural, Fire & Traditional Knowledge
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest, Montane wet mixed-conifer forest, Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna, Juniper woodland
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 12391
FRAMES RCS number: 16548
Record updated: Mar 22, 2018