Smudging - The Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing
Smudging is a common, contemporary term for "The Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing", a traditional Native American ceremony that uses the smoke from burning herbs for purification. Read more about Smudging.
Paula says - "The red stone bowls shown here are made of 3/4" - 1" thick sacred catlinite (pipestone) that was mined by Lakota artist Alan Monroe from his mine at the national monument and shrine located in Pipestone Minnesota. Some of the stones have variegation of color which is called two-toned pipestone. Spots are spirit spots.
"These pipestone smudge burners are heavy and very sturdy. And the abalone bowls remind me of my trips to the beach. They all make a perfect place to burn white sage and sweet grass. I use one for a smudge burner and I also have one near every sink so when I cook or wash up, I have a place to put my rings or other jewelry."
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Alan Monroe creates his Northern Plains artwork from hides, stone, leather, and wood. He learned the basics of quill working, weaponry, sculpting and pipe making from traditional and contemporary artisans in his family circle. He is a fifth generation pipe maker and considered by many to be a master pipe maker. In his sculptures, Monroe works with a variety of materials such as pipestone, bone, wood and alabaster. He creates small objects like fetishes to large pieces than can weigh hundreds of pounds.
Al Monroe's work can be seen in many galleries and museums across the country and he has won many awards. Al Monroe was born in Hot Springs , South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and studied business and art in Nebraska, Tennessee, and South Dakota.
Pipestone, also known as catlinite, is a form of clay called argillite with a high iron content that colors it a deep red to pale orange. Pipestone was discovered in southwestern Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, who consider it a sacred material and use it to carve pipes and other ceremonial objects. It is easy to carve because of its lack of quartz. The catlinite quarries located at Pipestone National Monument are considered sacred to many Native American people. Read more about Sacred Red Pipestone from Minnesota.
"Just a note to say thanks, the smudge kit arrived safe and sound. Much appreciation." - G from Australia