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American Indian Medicine Lodge, 1868
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Medicine Lodge. Interior of tent with patient and medicine men seated around. The sweat lodge (also called purification ceremony, sweat house, medicine lodge, medicine house, or sweat) is a ceremonial sauna and is an important event in some Native American cultures. There are several styles of sweat lodges that include a domed or oblong hut similar to a wickiup, or even a simple hole dug into the ground and covered with planks or tree trunks. Stones are typically heated in an exterior fire and then placed in a central pit in the ground. Medicine man is an English terms used to describe traditional healers and spiritual leaders among Native American and other indigenous or aboriginal peoples.
March 13th, 2013
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