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A naturally occurring mineral derivative that was, and remains, in use by many indigenous peoples around the world as a pigment for marking bodies, hand tools, ceremonial objects, animals, and cave walls or other ceremonial spaces. The two most often used ocher colors are red and yellow. The red is derived from hematite and the yellow from limonite, both of which are iron rich minerals.

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"Red ocher, July 28, 2011" by Bob Richmond is licensed under CC BY.

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