Smudging can be a personal or group ritual with optional prayers which can belong to you and the wider community.
Abalone is associated with the Karuk people, a Native American tribe who believe ‘Abalone is a Spirit Woman’ the feminine form of wealth, originating in ancient times, she must be present at every ceremony where Abalone pendants are suspended from the dresses worn by the women that evokes strong feelings before the ‘Spirit Being of the world’ as they meditated. The tools used for these Rituals should, we believe, be None Invasive, especially in this age of being Eco-friendly and Environmentally Conscious. Therefore, we feel strongly that everyone should be made aware that just because these 'Abalone Shells' are widely sold, normally as part of a Smudging set, to be used in conjunction with the ‘Cleansing’ Ceremonies, it still does not make it right that we should use them, there are alternatives which, we feel, are more authentic. The shells of abalone are occasionally used in New Age smudging ceremonies to catch falling ash. A Seashell is NOT FIRE-SAFE, especially with Abalone shells as they have a row of holes which run along its side. These holes are used to allow the animal to breathe when it is the sea, but when it is used as a bowl to hold ash from a 'smudge stick', it is more than likely that the ash will fall through these holes.
Threat of extinction
Over harvesting ~ Abalone are easily over harvested because of slow growth and variable reproductive success. These high harvests cannot be sustained and has led to mortality of small abalone for many reasons.Abalones have been identified as one of the many classes of organism threatened with extinction due to overfishing, acidification of oceans from carbon dioxide, as reduced pH erodes their shells.
It is predicted that abalones will become extinct in the wild within 50 years, at current rates of carbon dioxide production.
Currently the white, pink, and green abalone are on the federal endangered species list, and possible restoration sites have been proposed.
The possibility of farming abalone to be reintroduced into the wild has also been proposed, with these abalone having special tags to help track the population.
It has been respected as a Living Creature and Never over Harvested by Native Tribes for Centuries,~ so why are we doing it now?