When you drive past a dead deer, or raccoon, or any other kind of road kill, you probably feel sad for a second or two then continue on your merry way. Understandable, seeing as modern society places next to no value on respecting and honoring the natural world.
Native Americans, however, tend to see things a little differently.
After some a-hole dumped the bodies of more than two dozen beheaded and skinned coyotes on Padre Island, Texas, a local Native American leader took it upon himself to perform a ceremony for the mutilated animals — honoring their lives and apologizing for the way they were lost.
Larry Running Turtle Salazar, who is a spokesmen for local Native Americans, performed the touching tribute on Monday.
“I decided to go up there and do a ceremony, a blessing, so that those animals can go in a good way, to take their journey in a good way,” he told KIII TV.
While we don’t expect you to become versed in the practice of Native American rituals, and we certainly aren’t suggesting you stop alongside a busy road to drag an animal carcass into the woods, at the very least, consider slowing down when driving through an area rife with wildlife. After all, it was the animals’ land first — we’re just living on it.
The reverence with which Native Americans approach the natural world is astounding. But despite the beauty of American Indian culture, Native Americans remain a marginalized group within American Society. Thankfully, Futures For Children is trying to change that by empowering American Indian students through leadership development, mentoring, and community service to improve the quality of educational and life experiences. Click the red button to learn more, donate and Become the News!Learn More...