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Culturally Modified Trees presentation by John Anderson

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Have you ever come across strange looking trees in the forest that appeared to be changed beyond normal weather impacts?This evening presentation by John Wesley Anderson will explore how humans have been modifying trees for centuries in various ways. The Ute, Jicarilla Apache, Cherokee, Comanche and others were among the Native American people who modified trees for navigational, burial, medicinal, nutritional, and other purposes. John’s presentation will cover the science, history, and some viewpoints of spirituality of Culturally Modified Trees. Saturday’s evening presentation, from 5-7 pm at Salida’s First Presbyterian Church, will be followed-up by a field visit to some CMT’s on Sunday morning. Click here for more information on Sunday’s field trip.

John Anderson is an author, artist and consultant. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 2012 to launch a small consulting business allowing him the freedom to pursue his love of history, writing and the arts. Prior to working ten years in the corporate world, John served two-terms as the elected Sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado (term-limited in 2003). He completed an MBA while working as a police officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department and retired at the rank of Sergeant in 1995. Although John has traveled around the world, including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean, he remains most fascinated by the rich history and art discovered in his own back yard in the American Southwest. John has authored two books on Culturally Modified Trees, which will be for sale at Saturday’s event.

Saturday evening’s presentation is at the 1st Presbyterian Church at 7 Poncha Blvd. in Salida, is free and open to the public, please RSVP at info@garna.org.

We encourage participants to support our partners at the Chaffee County Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser at the Salida Steamplant following this GARNA event.

Registration is required for the Sunday morning field trips, going out every hour from 9 am to 12 pm.



April 20
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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First Presbyterian Church of Salida-Discovery Room
7 Poncha Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201 United States
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Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.