After some conversations about which Native Americans use to reside on this land & after Max brought up Sweat Lodges the other day, Bob and I started doing some research. We found a book in the cottage called "The American Indian Craft Book," found helpful websites & decided to build one of our own. Something similar to a sweat lodge can be found in different ancient cultures as a ritual for healing, cleansing, and reaching higher consciousness. The health benefits of sweat baths include: cleansing the toxins out of your body; extreme heat kills bacteria’s and viruses, spiritual renewal and purification of the mind, soul and spirit.
They are built near a fire pit and hot stones are brought from the fire into the center of the pit, then water is poured on the stones and it creates a sauna type experience. This ritual was done to purify and cleanse individuals. We got the structure built today and it rained halfway through, making the sapling really easy to bend.
Jessica R. Willis
Multipotentialite & Artist