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photo of the week / entry six

Nolan Boe, Journalist

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This image is of a smudge stick. I am certain you are curious as to what this is, and why it is. Crafted by hand, I learned about this concept last spring. The idea for the smudge stick began in Native American culture hundreds of years ago. They would go out in spring to find various herbs such as sage. Then they would bring these back and dry them out. After about two weeks they would take twine and tie these plants up together in a sort of stick formation. Then they let them dry for another week or so. Now came the cleansing part. They would take a large shell and put the smudge stick in it. Then they light the end of the stick on fire and blow it out so the embers slowly stay burning and produce a smoke. Now using a feather from a bird, they would walk around their shelter wafting the smoke into every point in the room. The meaning behind this idea is that the herbal and flower smoke pushes out the bad vibes of winter and makes room for positivity and happiness coming in with spring and summer. Once learning about all of this, I knew I had to make one immediately. So I went out and collected sage, flower petals, and pine needles. After letting them dry and tying it all up, I began the burning process. I am absolutely glad I did this as it was a very stellar project and felt real in every way. I highly recommend trying it. Get the bad vibes out and bring the good ones in. See you next week.

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