Smudging Our Canoe

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Smudging is an ancient practice of the burning of herbs or incense held sacred by many Indigenous cultures. It is a ritual for cleansing, purifying and protecting the physical and spiritual bodies. The effect of the smoke is to banish negative energies and to purify people, clear ceremonial and ritual space, and ceremonial tools and objects. According to Indigenous traditions, certain plants, called medicines, give up their lives so that we can use their smoke for prayers and cleansing. The aroma produced by these plants help us place ourselves in…read more