Painted Hide - Sweat Lodge
This painted hide, created by Cherokee artist, Bear Romero, depicts a night scene outside a sweat lodge.
The fire is burning, and the water bucket by the edge of the lodge is there to pour water over the hot rocks inside the lodge. There is a ceremonial pipe on the alter, and a staff marks the entrance. Even the cover that sits over the doorway is depicted in this painting.
Once the rocks are hot and are moved into the sweat lodge and the water is poured over them to create the steam, then the cover is rolled down over the doorway to keep the heat inside. The Sweat is a ritualistic cleansing ceremony for many tribes.
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