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Participting in sweat lodge?

I am a white non native american from Texas who want to participate in sweat lodge. Can any fill in what and how I can participate in one?

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  1. I used to in Oregon. Lakota look down on it but Cherokee will invite you in with open arms…. Be very prepared to be VERY hot!!!

  2. google it…..put in Texas.
    You should be able to get ahold of the ones who do it.
    I’ve done it…..I know it is very good to clean out your pores.
    I have never regretted doing it….seems like a part of me is Indian…………though it is not listed anywhere in our ancestry.
    But it isn’t much difference than going to a hotel and sitting 10 minute sessions in a hot tub.

  3. Hi…there are actually some websites that have sweat information on them…I am Patti, by the way.
    I live in Missouri and I pour lodge…have been in many communities in the US…what I know comes from very good teachers whose linage is important to me..having said that let me say this…these ceremonies are hard and not for the faint of heart…they are not to be entered into just because someone is curious. I am going to give you a website and maybe these people can help…My lodge is down for the present time and before Sundance will be re erected.
    If you are truely interested drop me a line at Patti_ja@yahoo.com
    For those who do not understand…the sweat lodge is not a sauna…it is traditional way to pray for Lakota and a lot of other tribes. It is hotter than a sauna, sometimes…and cooler than a summers breeze, sometimes….and sometimes the stories and songs and rattles wake the spirit in mystical ways.

  4. Be weary of any person/group that openly invites you into a lodge, especially those charging money for access, even if those charges are called donations. Sweats should never cost a thing. As a non-native person seeking sweat lodge, you’re most likely to come into contact with those selling sweat lodge for a profit. In order for you to not be duped you’d be best to form a relationship with a native person who trusts you enough to invite you in. Most native people do frown upon bringing non-natives into lodge. Some do not. In my experience, those who are open to non-natives are either selling lodge or are thin-bloods whose majority background is non-native anyway so what difference would it make to them to have non-natives sit with them. There are also non-natives who were “taught the ways” who run lodge…what a laugh! Again, be weary. Whether you get in or not, there will be some controversy.

  5. Have Native friends who might one day invite you. Though I don’t recommend befriending people based on an agenda.

  6. In reference to the user who posted that “Cherokees will welcome you in with open arms”. … The sweat lodge isn’t a part of Cherokee culture. So if Cherokees participate in a sweat lodge it’s just because they want to and have been invited in themselves. The only equivilant in Cherokee culture is the asi..which is used to sweat for health reasons, not strictly spiritual.

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