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The overall length is 17" The stem (4 1/4") is wrapped with soft deerskin leather and has a band of yellow and black beads. Four 5" leather fringe with 12 yellow and black crow beads representing the four directions hang from the bottom.
The smudging ceremony has been a sacred ritual for Native Americans and other tribal peoples for thousands of years. It is a ritual of cleansing and purification for the physical and spiritual bodies. Smudging is used to cleanse energy fields. Each person, animal, rock, plant, home, has a field around it which can capture negative energy. If this energy is not cleansed, it can create illness for its owner.
It makes sense to keep ourselves and our environment free from disease and negative energies. We know that disease manifests in the physical body, but originates in the spiritual body when the owner consciously or unconsiously chooses to move from a state of balance. We are not separate from our environment, but interconnected. Scientists are proving what Native Americans/First Nations peoples have always been saying. We are ALL related. Only in our minds are we separate from the Whole.
We are individuals, but in order to exist we must have relationships with ALL our relatives; people, animals, rocks, plants. In every moment of our existence, we are in a relationship with something. The smudging ceremony is important to help us rid ourselves of negative energies.
Like all my products, this fan has been cleansed with sage and cedar in the Old Way.