OCCHS talk on Ute Prayer Trees

       An introduction to the Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region will be presented at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., Friday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m.
       The talk will be led by John Wesley Anderson, the former El Paso County sheriff, who has been researching and writing two books in collaboration with the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) since his retirement from a 30-year law enforcement career in 2012. One of these is about the prayer trees; another is about Rankin Scott Kelly, the first sheriff of El Paso County.
       Admission is free to OCCHS members, $5 to non-members.
       Anderson's presentation will focus on how to identify the five known types of Ute Culturally Scarred Trees and where they can still be found, mainly in El Paso and Teller counties, according to a press release. “These historically rich trees are fascinating living artifacts that serve as a link back in time to the Ute Indians who lived in our region and cultivated these amazing trees, primarily for spiritual and navigational purposes.”
       For more information, call 636-1225.

From a press release