A Purposeful Recovery

As we entered the deep freeze of winter a few weeks ago, Drew discovered a well-preserved road-killed raccoon on his way home from school. He scooped it up the next morning on his way back with an interest in showing the boys how to skin a coon along with some basic anatomy. It was also a perfect opportunity to discuss the Native American view that all animals are our brothers and sisters. As such, even a dead raccoon is to be respected and thanked for its service to us. Drew made a tobacco offering to the animal before beginning his careful dissection. The extremities were frozen, so it was a challenge to skin the feet, but the resulting pelt was a beautiful, soft, and warm specimen that he took home to stretch, flesh, and tan. The boys can't wait to see the finished pelt in the coming weeks.