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Smudging is a common practice among Lakota people for the cleansing of energy through the burning of sage, cedar, and sweet grass. These substances emit certain smells that are pleasing to the Great Mystery. Sage is the cleanest smell of the desert, and is also given to us by the Creator. Cedar is burned while […]

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Sweat Lodges: A Medical View Lawrence R. Berger, MD, MPH; and J. Eric Rounds, BS, MA, The Lovelace Clinic Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico Introduction Sweat lodges are becoming increasingly popular both within Native American communities and among nonIndians.1-3 In addition to their traditional use for purification of mind, body, and spirit, sweats are now frequently […]

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Native Americans had a variety of tools and symbols that helped them manage and continue their culture. One such tool was the Talking Stick. The talking stick is a ceremonial tool that was used in tribal council meetings. Passing the talking stick from one person to another was a kind and respectful way for individuals […]

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How to Perform a Native American Smudging Ceremony A Traditional Ritual for Spiritual Cleansing By Kim Hagen Have you ever felt uneasy moving into a new home? Does there seem to be an air of lingering negative feelings or an unclean atmosphere in some area of your abode? Historically, Native Americans used locally found herbs […]

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Desert Sage This sage grows in the arid Western deserts. The desert sage grows at elevations between 3000′ and 10,000′ feet above sea level.  It is also known by is official title, Artemisia Tridentata. Artemisia (ar-tay-MIS-ee-a) is from Artemisia, wife of Mausolus, ancient ruler of Ceria (southwest Asia Minor). Her name cam from Artemis, the […]

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