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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
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Since Ray's release, he has attempted to regain prominence in the self-help world and is hoping to have the manslaughter charges he was slapped with following the sweat lodge deaths put aside. 
Some of the consultations during my time took place in different settings, like during dinner at a climber's home with community members and Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the Sacred Bundle, or the sweat lodge ceremony I participated in, which was also attended by several other NPS rangers and a climbing guide who was involved in the Bear Lodge litigation.
"As the day draws to a close and twilight covers the land, each will have some time to herself with her mala for prayers and meditations before we begin our Native American Sweat Lodge Ceremony.
We sat shirtless in a circle in the sweat lodge with hot rocks in the center.
For example, where there is now a baseball diamond, there used to be a sweat lodge. When Pierre tells some of these stories to Tiffany's friends, they do not like to hear them and plan to fight him since he is an outsider.
The concept of sacred time and space has been expanded to include our campfires, where music and stories are used, and our end-of-camp Native American-style sweat lodge. The older campers are responsible for collecting firewood in the forest for the fire to heat the rocks and create the steam.
Cree elder Gordon Oakes decided on the name the night before in a "sweat lodge", an Indian sauna where natives go for purity of thought, said George Lafond, chief of the Saskatoon Tribunal Council.
Respondents who participated in cultural activities including pow-wows, sweat lodge, drum group and roundhouse dance reported significantly higher Native American ethnic identity than their counterparts who did not take part in cultural activities.
Increasingly, culturally based interventions and techniques such as the sweat lodge ceremony or sweat therapy, based on Native traditions of healing, are being used in clinical, mental health, correctional, and substance abuse treatment centers serving both Native and non-Native clients (Cohen, 2003; Smith, 2005; Thomason, 2000).
I went through a cleansing ceremony at a sweat lodge with the Navajo.
Katherine has a vehicle full of dread-locked lesbians on their way to the spirit sands for a weekend sweat lodge getaway, but first need to fuel up.
"I was not sure who I am and where I am going." Then, Bella won a free trip from Olivia via Twitter and she still hasn't stopped singing the praises, not just of the women on the boat but of the sweat lodge experience she had at Temazcal Cozumel.