These two smudge sticks consist mainly of sage, also known as sukodawabuk, with small-leaved western cedar mixed in. Smudge sticks such as these were used to cleanse the body, an object, or an area from negative influences. This combination of herbs is also used when making tea, cleansing homes, and during healing rituals. In ceremonies and teachings, sage is used more often than sweetgrass because it is thought to be stronger medicinally.
Sage was used by Native Americans, including the Ojibwe, to help treat open wounds and sores to stop bleeding and prevent infection.
Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (April 2020) Learn how the Anishinabek have lived alongside the natural world through a variety of artifacts that tell the story of the first people of this place.