Building a Native American Sweat Lodge

In this video we are all building a Native American Sweat Lodge to sit in. We start by collecting Willow trees that will bend and keep they’re strength. We simply make 6 holes and bury the thick end of the willow trees into the holes. We then bend the willow slowly and tie them together. After all 6 trees are in and we have a dome type shelter we put 2 outer rims on by using smaller willow trees. These outer rims will act as additional support for the sweat lodge its self and for all the blankets and tarps we will put on it. We place a heavy duty canvas tarp on the outside. This will keep the lodge dry and the heat from the rocks in. We dig a hole in the center of the lodge for the hot rocks (grandfathers). The Native American sweat lodge has been used by our earliest ancestors. They used animal hides to cover their lodges and they used the lodge to pray to the spirits of all four directions, father sky and mother earth. In this way they could purify themselves and ask the spirits for help, health and happiness.

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