Finding a Path Through the Trees: Using Multiple Lines of Evidence to Understand the Association of Culturally Modified Trees and the Community in Steilacoom, Washington

Author(s): Stacy L Bumback

Year: 2018

Summary

The discovery of Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) within an area slated for development necessitated a detailed analysis to confirm the age and association of these trees as part of the local planning process. Controversary surrounded the development and neighbors were quick to engage the local Native American communities with the goal of halting the development. At least six CMTs were identified; however, the type, size, and modification of the trees did not adhere to the typical traits of CMTs associated with Native Americans in the region. Using detailed archival research, dendrochronology, and oral history, we were able to identify evidence to determine that the trees were planted and modified by the family that owned the property for the past 125 years. This poster details the methods used to identify the CMTs, analyze the modifications, determine the age of the trees, and associate the CMTs with  individuals who lived there historically.

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Finding a Path Through the Trees: Using Multiple Lines of Evidence to Understand the Association of Culturally Modified Trees and the Community in Steilacoom, Washington. Stacy L Bumback. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441686)

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Temporal Keywords
1870-2000

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1035