The Shamanic Sacred Pipe Ceremony: "The pipe pulls in visions, assistance and answers. The smoke blows out prayers, requests for healing. The area is smudged, as are all participants and tools to be used, including the tobacco. The smudge used by the women of the plains tribes is often a type of fungus that grows on the diamond bark willow, but the clearing of any density and the sealing in of holiness for all North American tribes require sage. The broader leaf white sage that grows in the South-West is regarded as the most potent.
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