For those of us that would like to participate in the Lakota sweatlodge ceremonies, allow us to explain what they are and how to prepare:
The sweatlodge is a constructed dome of willow and blankets. There is a cradle in the center to place the heated stones. We will be sitting around these heated tunkashila’s, or grandfather stones, and pouring water over them to make steam. This will make the lodge hot and allow us to sweat out physical and spiritual toxins. If you get too hot, you are free to exit the lodge. We will find a pure state to pray from for the young people of Taos and of the world. We will sing the ancient songs of the Lakota Oyate in the name of our children and our children’s children. In this manner we will change the world from within the inipi, or sweatlodge. We will reach out to Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, for health and guidance.
When we close the flap of the lodge it is dark and we cannot see skin color, gender, political and sexual orientation. All of these things fall away and we become the same, we become one again. We only hear the songs and the sound of the water becoming steam and the strength of our prayer beside the sacred fire.
Each water-pourer is experienced and working from a place of true compassion, no payment or donations will be accepted.
Everyone is welcome. Men bring shorts to change into and a towel. Women bring a shirt and pants/shorts that you do not mind getting drenched in sweat and a towel. You may bring a tobacco offering for the water-pourer and firekeeper (pouch-tobacco usually preferred). You may also bring a dish for the potluck feast that follows the sweat.
There will be a sweat each night of the festival at 6 PM.
Friday Sweat: Call 818-519-8626 to participate | Caravan from Ranchos Post Office at 5:30
Saturday Sweat: Call 575-613-5339 to participate | Caravan from Walgreens at 5:30PM
Sunday Sweat: Call 575-613-6592 to participate | Caravan from Ranchos Post Office at 5:30PM
Monday Sweat: Call 575-741-1115 to participate