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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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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.
The white man moans a little too loudly and a little too frequently for Arthur's tastes, so he grabs the gun and puts four bullets through the roof of the sweatlodge to scare him into being quiet.
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.
There were always lots of cultural activities taking place that included powwows, sweatlodge ceremonies, Elder gatherings and political rallies in support of treaty rights.
It wasn't until he attended a sweatlodge ceremony that he figured out what it was that suited him.
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.
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.