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Speaker Series: The Trees of the Cherokee - Sources of Food, Medicine and Craft with Mark Warren

Fri Feb 17 | 7pm-9pm | Trees Atlanta Kendeda TreeHouse

Mark Warren, owner of the nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, GA, shares his special perspectives on the importance of trees today and throughout time. Join us on Georgia Arbor Day 2023 for the very first Speaker Series event hosted at our new facility at 825 Warner Street!

Mark discusses how some of our most common native trees were used by the Cherokee people for food, medicine, insect repellent, crafts, shelter and fire. Handmade crafts will be available for viewing and discussion. Mark believes today's society can — and should — learn some valuable lessons and skills from the native people who inhabited this continent hundreds of years before European colonizers landed on its shores.

Mark has packed 50 years of teaching and knowledge about the indigenous people of this area into a four-volume series of books titled Secrets of the Forest, which he wrote with three purposes in mind:

  1. To provide clear instructions in primitive survival skills for anyone wanting to better their self-sufficiency in the wilderness
  2. To offer parents, teachers, scout leaders and outdoor educators a guide to engage their students in nature
  3. To win over a new generation of environmental advocates who will look after this world

About the Speaker: Mark Warren is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Georgia. At Medicine Bow, he teaches nature classes and survival skills of the Cherokee people. The National Wildlife Federation named him Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year in 1980. In 1998 Mark became the U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and in 1999 he won the World Championship Longbow title.

Warren has written extensively about nature for local and national magazines. He lectures on Native American history and survival skills, and Western Frontier History presenting at museums and cultural centers around the country. He is a member of the Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America. His Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey trilogy was honored by WWA’s Spur Awards, The Historical Novel Society and the 2020 Will Rogers Medallion Awards under the original hardback editions, Born to the Badge (2018) and Promised Land (2019.) Warren is a 2022 Georgia Author of the Year for his book Song of the Horseman. Indigo Heaven and The Cowboy, The Librarian and The Broomsman are both 2022 Will Rogers Medallion Awards winners.

His published books include: from Lyons Press, Two Winters in a Tipi and Secrets of the Forest (a four volume series on nature and primitive skills), from Five Star – Gale Cengage and Two Dot, Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey (a historical fiction trilogy on the life of Wyatt Earp,) from Five Star – Gale Cengage Indigo Heaven, The Cowboy, The Librarian and the Broomsman from the anthology Librarians of the West: A Quartet, Westering Trail Travesties, and A Last Serenade for Billy Bonney, and from Speaking Volumes, Song of the Horseman, Last of the Pistoleers, and A Tale Twice Told.

Additional Information

  • Doors open at 6:30 pm. Join us for refreshments before the event starts.
  • Mark’s Secrets of the Forest series will be available for purchase at this event thanks to Eagle Eye Bookstore.
  • Address: Trees Atlanta Kendeda Treehouse, 825 Warner Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
  • Getting Here: Bike racks are located at the front of our building. We are approximately 1 mile from the Oakland City and West End MARTA train stations (Red and Gold Lines) Limited number of parking spaces are available at our location in addition to limited street parking.
  • Safety: Learn more about our current Safety Protocols for In-Person Education Events
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