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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.
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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
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Upon departing, we participated in a group sweatlodge, which helped us refocus on our task, our goal, and being a team.
Sun enters the sweatlodge and drops the stones onto the hearth.
But a sweatlodge hits a lot closer to home for some.
Also making a choice, said Buffalo, are those people in the community who are hurting and not participating in daily or weekly smudging, sweatlodge, prayers, and any number of ceremonies that are available.
My concern is about traditional healing, i.e., the sweatlodge ceremony.
"They're the ones that brought me back to the sweatlodge," he said.
Hand drums are used with a personal approach that is deeply religious and ceremonial for the sun dance, ghost dance, prairie chicken dance, and sweatlodge.
While "Lame Deer teaches that the sweatlodge...always faces west...Black Elk maintained that the inipi should face east.
The ground breaking on June 21 included a sweatlodge and tobacco ceremony.
There were always lots of cultural activities taking place that included powwows, sweatlodge ceremonies, Elder gatherings and political rallies in support of treaty rights.
What began as a one-day workshop eight years ago has grown to a full two days, including a sweatlodge ceremony, now held twice a year in the spring and fall.
Many years after he was released and learned more about spirituality, he ran the first sweatlodge ceremony in a prison in the country.