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Sage and cedar 'Sage Spirit Sticks', California, United States, 1996

A large number of unconventional ‘healing’ methods appeared in the 1990s. ‘Sage Spirit Sticks’ are burned for cleansing and sending out prayers and are used by Native Americans in 'Smudging' ceremonies. Cedar and sage, the wood from which these sticks are made, are thought to be effective cleansers and are believed to promote self-healing. The sticks are distributed by Matchless Gifts, based in California, United States.

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Glossary: spirit sticks

Dense and combustible wood or materials that were ignited because they emitted a lot of smoke. Native North Americans used these to repel mosquitoes or other insects, this was sometimes even done inside a tent.