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Dennis Downes

Born: in Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Dennis is a life long resident of northern Illinois.

Biography: Dennis is a painter, sculpter and historian. His book is based on Dennis' broad travels throughout North America and Europe during which he researched ancient cultures and incorporated the research into his artwork. Dennis was first influenced by his own Native American relatives and later by working with several Native American experts and historians across the country. In addition, he has made it his lifelong dedication to finding, identifying, researching, and protecting these culturally-modified living landmarks.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Dennis Downes on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Native American trail marker trees :
ISBN: 9780979789281 OCLC: 760920996

Chicago's Books Press, [Buffalo Grove, Ill.] : 2011.

America's first road signs were trees bent as saplings by the Indians, marking trails. They were part of an extensive land and water navigation system that was in place long before the arrival of the first European settlers.