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Mary Diggin was taught to be a Water Pourer (sweatlodge leader) by Apache medicine man, Felipe Ortega. The sweat lodge Felipe teaches is a Two-Spirit lodge in the Apache Tradition. There are four rounds, honoring the hac’tsim of the East, South, West & North. Each round is opened by a song to that particular direction and a prayer by the water pourer.
The lodge itself is a gentle lodge, having only three “rules”. It differs in this way from other traditions. This lodge can be particularly sweet lodge, especially if you have not attended lodge before.
The lodge has only three rules that need to be followed:
- No shoes & no shiny objects are to be worn for the eagle feather blessing/empowerment;
- If a participant makes a “silent prayer” during the lodge, they have to remain in the lodge for that round, no matter how hot it becomes.
- Feasting may begin once the water pourer has received water in the 4th round and a Spirit plate with food has been placed outside, as the Spirits who helped in lodge have to be fed;
Everything else is expressed as a preference, including where one sits, the direction one enters lodge, how one dresses and so, it is a gentle lodge with which to be introduced to the tradition of sweating.