Traditional Animal Processing

Desert DAWN’s Traditional Animal Processing Workshops provide students with the opportunity to learn to slaughter, skin, eviscerate, butcher and cook a medium sized animal (sheep or goat) in a traditional way, using little more than one’s knife.  The methods taught are what one would use to provide meat for a family, similar to methods used on a small farm or while hunting.

Softening a sheep hide for use as a sleeping mat or clothing.

The workshops two primary goals are to first to help people learn ways of being in more control of the food they eat by knowing how to process an animal for food and second to encourage respect for the lives given for food by showing ways of using more of the animal for a healthier diet and for utilitarian items.  Whether you are a person who is living more simply and providing more for yourself or you are a hunter who has pondered what other gifts an animal provides, this workshop will provide you skills to use as much of an animal as possible.

A few items that the animal provides.

A few items that the animal provides.

The workshops includes how to:
➢ Identify the parts of the animal
➢ Cook the edible parts such as the muscles, organs, bones and more, which provides the lunch for the workshop;
➢ Process the hide, sinew, intestines, bones and hooves to be used for utility items: and
➢ Make utility items including tools, glue, cordage, musical instruments, containers, adornments, clothing and more.

Examples are available for students to examine and use as a guide.  See more photos.

We present two different levels of animal processing workshops:

The Traditional Animal Processing Workshop is the primary workshop.  It  is guided by the instructors with detailed explanations of every step of the process.  After the instructor demonstrates a step the students share the completion of the step.  The students have ample time to experience the process and ask questions.  This is a two day workshop and the students have the option to attend a third day on which we will finish processing the hide and finish making bone tools.

The Advanced Traditional Animal Processing Workshop  allows the students the opportunity to process an animal in groups of four to six students.  The instructor is more a coach than a guide in this workshop.  The instructor is available to answer any questions and assist in the learning process, however the approach of this workshop is for the students to process an animal completely.   This is a practical workshop that gives the students an understanding and ownership of the process, which comes only from hands-on learning with time to explore the process.

Hosting or Looking for a Workshop in Your Area

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Upcoming Workshops

Lake Concow, near Chico California

Traditional Animal Processing 5-day Workshop
This extraordinary opportunity is an extended workshop that combines the primary and the advanced workshops.
May 10th -16th, 2017  at Buckeye Gathering
Five-day expanded workshop.
For more details regarding the Buckeye Pathways Week, please visit the www.buckeyegathering.net site.

Tucson, Arizona

Traditional Animal Processing Workshop 
Annually the first weekend in February at Bean Tree Farm
Two day workshop.
For more details or to register, please visit beantreefarm.com.

Maricopa, Arizona (SW of Phoenix)

Traditional Animal Processing Workshop
Annually, the week of Feb. 14th at Wintercount Primitive Skills Gathering
Two day workshop with optional third day.
For more details regarding Wintercount, please visit www.backtracks.net/wintercount.html.

Registration for this workshop is the first day of the gathering.   Please sign up early since the workshop typically reaches capacity very quickly.

Rexburg, Idaho

Traditional Animal Processing Workshop
Annually, the week of Sept. 14 at Rabbitstick Gathering
Two day workshop with optional third day.
For more details regarding Rabbitstick, please visit the Backtracks site.

Registration for this workshop is the first day of the gathering.   Please sign up early since the workshop typically reaches capacity very quickly.

 

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