I may or may not get a chance to collaborate with someone on some kind of mourning ritual/project this year, but either way, I will be observing it. I have it in my head to make papier mache masks of recently extinct (or due-to-soon-be-extinct species), and either ritually burning them or keeping them and, when my Year is up, honoring them as part of the dead.
It’s interesting to me that this date was chosen when it was – in the midst of Wild Hunts and so near to mumming season, so I may incorporate the mourning ritual with other veil-lifting, Otherworld-related ones I will otherwise be having next year. Anyways, this is all very related to the body of praxis I’m calling “rotwork” – a sort of meditative practice focused on quiet contemplation; the reincorporation of grief; radical acceptance; performing physical work; witnessing decay in all facets of life; finding beauty in the fallow; engaging the dying; refusing to prioritize the human built world over the non-; pursuing artistic expression without centering the artist.
At any rate, for interested parties, here are a few links:
- Lost Species Remembrance Day – official website
- Why don’t we grieve for extinct species? – The Guardian
- Extinction and the Image – The Learned Pig
- Extinction Symbol – official website