The part of this trip that I enjoyed the most was learning how to make sage bundles. Sage bundles are taking three of four stalks of sage and folding them in half twice. Then you wrap string around them to keep them together. One should only use the male stalks of sage because the female stalks will produce more sage. After, you dry the sage for easier use. This activity was most important to me because it taught me a lot about the Lakota culture and the importance of natural healing. Sage has many uses. It is sacred because of its purifying energies. One could use it in a tea to sooth a sore throat or one could use it in a smudging. Smudging is a ceremony where one crumbles dried sage into a bowl such as a shell. The sage leaves are then burned, giving off a cloud of smoke. The person performing the smudging waves the smoke towards and around them. This ceremony is used to harmonize the body and help alleviate any negative feelings the person may have.
by Jahna Voigt