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“Smudging” Time Draws Near

The Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe celebrate the new year around the dark of the moon in October each year. One of the rituals they perform is a cleansing ritual called “smudging.” Simply said, they use smoldering smudge sticks made … Continue reading

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I took this photo at Cedar Lodge in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. This looks like a giant “mortar and pestle,” but is actually a tool for crushing hickory nuts. The Cherokee Native Americans would harvest nuts in the fall, season or ripen them for a month, then … Continue reading

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