Bras d'Or Indian Village Band Association 



 Smudging is a cleansing and purifying process using smoke from burning herbs. Tobacco, sweet grass, sage, or cedar. The smoke clears negativity, purifies the energy field of the people and places, and is a prayer to kisu'lkw the Creator. In addition to use in healing ceremonies, smudging is used in the morning or evening as part of daily devotion.

 To do a Smudging ceremony, burn the clipping of these herbs (dried), rub your hands 

in the smoke and then gather the smoke and bring it into your body or rub it on to 

yourself especially onto any area you feel needs spiritual healing. 

Keep praying all the 

while that the unseen powers of the plant will cleanse your spirit. 

Sometimes one 

person will smudge another, or a group of people, using hands or more often a feather 

to lightly brush the smoke over the other people.

The Elders say that all ceremonies, tribal or private must be entered into with a good 

heart, so that we can pray, sing and walk in a sacred manner and be helped by the 

spirit to enter the sacred realm.


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