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Vulture Culture 101: A Book For People Who Like Dead Things

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What compels so many other people to fill their homes with the preserved remains of animals, and how can you join in the fun? Vulture Culture 101: A Book For People Who Like Dead Things explores the modern revival in acquiring, preserving and creating art with these natural specimens.Written by author and artist Lupa, this is the first full-length guide to Vulture Culture, a subculture that in recent years has grown up around the appreciation of hides, bones and other animal specimens. More than just a book on taxidermy, it explores such diverse topics as the roots of Vulture Culture, where to get specimens, what's legal and what isn't, how to identify what you've got, and so much more! And for those willing to roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty, there'll be how-tos on tanning, bone cleaning and other preparation work. Plus it's a great book to give to family and friends who are curious about your interests.Whether you've been a part of Vulture Culture since its inception or are just finding out about this fandom of fur, feather and bone, Vulture Culture 101 is sure to have something for every scavenger!

200 pages, Paperback

Published April 26, 2019

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"I am an author, artist, and wannabe polymath living in Portland, OR. I've been a pagan of various sorts since the mid-1990s. My primary focus has always been on totemism and animal magics, though in recent years I've been expanding into the general totemic ecosystem, working with plant, fungus, mineral and other totems. I've written several books based on my practices, and you can read my blog at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/blog as well.

Also since the mid-1990s, I've created ritual tools, sacred costumery, and other meaningful art out of hides, bones, beads, and other organics. It's been a strong part of my spirituality, and I even wrote a book about it, Skin Spirits: The Spiritual and Magical Use of Animal Parts. You can see what's currently available for purchase on my Etsy shop: http;//thegreenwolf.etsy.com

I am very involved in environmental and sustainable efforts. I volunteer with local environmental groups with tree planting and litter cleanup efforts, and I even adopted a small stretch of the Columbia River to clean litter, monitor flora and fauna, and do water testing. At home I do my best to follow Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (in that order), and many of my art supplies are secondhand or otherwise reclaimed, and everything gets used one way or another.

When I'm not creatively working or volunteering, I love to hike, go out dancing, read voraciously when I have the time, and hit the gym a few times a week.

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April 9, 2020
i love the book! its super helpful and ive been referencing it whenever im doing dead thing stuff lol, its probably one of the best purchases ive made <3
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