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sweat lodge

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A Native American permutation of sauna, consisting of a dome-shaped hut made from bent willow branches covered by animal skins; hot rocks are placed inside on which water is poured, dramatically increasing the humidity. Once finished, the participants may jump into ice water, roll in the snow or rub sage on themselves to complete the experience.

sweat lodge

Among the indigenous peoples of North America, a tent or hut, traditionally made of arched poles covered in animal hide, used to enclose a steam or vapor bath for healing purposes.
Synonym: medicine lodge

sweat lodge,

n a particular type of sweat bath traditionally used by various Native American peoples for purposes of purification, integration, and spiritual vision quest. Also called
inipi or
temazkal.
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Sun enters the sweatlodge and drops the stones onto the hearth.
I was always taught that going to a sweatlodge it is a healing journey; that you are to enter without feelings of anger or violence.
It is an interpretation of an old Anishnaabe story from the Lake of the Woods, brought to the Banff Centre by Don Kavanaugh, who was told the story in the sweatlodge in the 1980s.
Some people believe that Aboriginal literature should only talk about sweatlodge ceremonies, healing circles, and powwows--feel-good stuff that often ends up reading like a New Age sell-help manual due to its didactic style and sanctimonious tone.
Both wives assisted Fools Crow in his curing rites and watched over him while he spirittravelled inside his sweatlodge.
The sweatlodge is a refuge where the concerns of this world fall away and connection to the spirit world opens.
This year we are going to build and run a sweatlodge as one of the activities and we will be having morning ceremonies by the lake.
The site has been re-created to represent a small group encampment as it would have been in pre-contact times, complete with a group wigwam, a cooking fire, sweatlodge, and a rack that would have been used to dry fish and animal skins.
And a sweatlodge that is constructed for teaching, and so half of it will be open and the other half closed so people can see what it would look like, and then somebody would also be teaching about it.
She spoke about traditional customs, spirituality, and was involved in the weekly sweatlodge ceremonies offered to recruits.
Midnight Sweatlodge By Waubgeshig Rice Published by Theytus Books
He said Paul had come to the West looking for his spiritual side and the song came to him after a sweatlodge.