Animal Skins

Someone recently gave me a remnant of ocelot skin, it had been in a box of her Great Grandmothers things, she thought I could use it. Of course I could use it! and said that I was very happy to receive it, that it could be used for some of the shamanic tools that I make but before it was put to use I would do a ceremony to honour the animals that had given their lives for the making of the garment it had come from, at this she started to tear up and it made me realise that not everyone would think of doing this. Those leather shoes, belt, coat, the meat on your dinner plate, we should be grateful to the animals that give their lives for us to be warm and well fed, it doesn’t have to be a full blown honouring ceremony but a simple acknowledgement and gratefulness would be good.

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