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Native
American
Sweat Lodges
By: Phil Schollmeier
And
Cally Swanson
History
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First ceremony
Denial by the white men
None are the same
Men only
One of the 7 sacred rites of the Lakota
How the ceremony is used
Central concept
Traditional settings
3 Basic Forms of Sweat Bath that
are special to North America
• Hot rock method
– Used by Navajos and Sioux
• Direct fire chamber heated by blazing logs
• Ancient heating duct system (sauna)
– Mayan origin
Location and Preparation
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Type of area
Doorway
Firepit
Gathering of firewood and rocks
Size
– Frame
– Covering
• Water
Physical Benefits
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Rids the body of wastes
Cleanse skin
Benefits lungs
Increases blood flow
Protects from influenza
Symbolism
• Peace pipe
– Pipe Ceremony
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Stones
Water
Shape
Door
Directions
• Each direction possesses certain
attributes