This tree told me it was truly made by a Native American which the nose was formed by inserting a charred piece of the same tree under the bark, and allowing the tree to grow around it.
Native Americans would bend trees in order to create trail markers that formed an early routing system, which served multiple purposes. From indicating that water and food was nearby, to warning travelers of rough country ahead, these landmarks were important features in navigating the early Americas.
Imagine a scene back in time, more than 200 years ago, when a young Cherokee Indian might be found striding quietly through the dense wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest and neighboring borders such as The Great Smoky Mountains.
He might be in search of water, a sacred burial site, or perhaps even a specific kind of medicinal plant. This young Cherokee could only rely on nature to guide him. In his time, of course, there weren’t white blazes or yellow diamonds or blue squares indicating the right path. Nowadays We go into the mountains armed with water, maps, a compass and perhaps even a GPS. However, many Native American tribes in the South—like the Cherokee, Catawba, and Creek—used trees as their guideposts. And these weren’t ordinary trees. These were trees manipulated by the Indians on purpose, selectively bent to serve as Indian Trail Trees.
Citico Creek Wilderness
Monroe County, Tn