At Ma Mawi, it was important to us to educate people about what smudging is, why people smudge and the different types of medicines there are that are used to smudge with.
Smudging is a ceremony in which individuals and/or groups of people gather in a circle to cleanse or purify themselves with the smoke of burning medicines: Sage, Cedar, Sweet Grass, Tobacco. Most commonly these are intended to cleanse the body, mind, heart and soul of negative energy to carry participants in the next steps in a good way. There is no right or wrong way to smudge.
Our youth plan to work on changing school policy to allow us to smudge.