Ceremonial Tobacco

My friend of native ancestry taught me to make Ceremonial Tobacco. We had a great time out in nature picking the plants. I learned how to prepare and mix the plants. It was a great experience!

Harvesting Plants for making of Ceremonial tobacco

I will have some ceremonial tobacco available on Saturday, Sept 11th at the 3rd Anuual Kimmapii Kids Festival in Redwood Meadows.

Basket of Ceremonial Tobacco

If you cannot make it to the festival, but are interested in some of the mixture, contact me through my website.

Ceremonial Tobacco can be used in ceremony for blessings to Mother Earth in thanks for all her bounty she provides.

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6 Responses to Ceremonial Tobacco

  1. silkroadvisions says:

    I wanted to say I enjoyed your Soul Intelligence post – very neat and tying so much together!

    And, I wanted to say I appreciate the ceremony and ritual around tobacco, intuitively…yet, I am still mystified, as I was on reading Michael Harner’s Way of the Shaman, as to why it is, specifically, that tobacco is so very special to the various spirits that become close to the shaman – in particular the traditional shaman? It really is odd that it is such an addictive drug to most of us, yet so very sacred at least in some shamanic traditions. Thoughts? (Next post?!) Carol

    • Deanna says:

      I’m glad you asked! You are so right, intuitively we sense the sacredness of it, but we see the abuse around tobacco.
      The natives originally used tobacco in ceremony. The white men that came and enjoyed its slightly hallucinogenic properties, began its descent into overusing it.

      Tobacco is considered the most powerful and sacred plant. It sends our message straight to spirit. In ceremony we can give our prayers to spirit, and send the message with the tobacco, and it is very powerful. This is only during ceremony, not an excuse for habitual smokers to light up, not the same effect.

      In the book “American Indian Myths and Legends” by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz, there is a Blackfoot story about “The Sacred Weed”
      For longer than anyone knows, Indians throughout the Americas have smoked tobacco or other plants for pleasure and praying. The smoke was the Great Spirit’s breath taking the prayers to the Ones Above. With a pipe in his hands a man could speak nothing but the truth…To the white man smoking became an addiction, but to the Native American, pipe and tobacco were sacred and smoking was a holy ritual.
      The story goes on to tell the Blackfoot Legend of how tobacco was brought to the tribes. Nawakosis (Blackfoot for tobacco) was to be planted and cared for in a sacred manner.
      Smoking with the pipe is also very symbolic. The Pipe or Aquineema in Blackfoot is equivalent to the Bible to the Christians. It is considered very holy.
      The bowl of the pipe is made of stone, representing the earth, and the stem represents plant. The pipe is used to call the blessing. When the pipe is smoked, you draw smoke from the earth through the plant and it carries your words straight to spirit.

      • mike says:

        You must also remember. White mans tobacco has chemicals that are addicitve. Its NOT the tobacco. Its the chemicals they add that make people abuse it!

      • Yes, thank you for that thought, the original tobacco was used by natives for ceremony, and the white man soon started smoking it for recreation.
        You are right, you can go to smoke shops and get herbal loose tobacco, I’m thinking it does not have the additives.

  2. silkroadvisions says:

    Just reading your description is like spending time in both ceremony and ritual. Very uplifting, thanks Deanna!

  3. Allan says:

    I would love to get some ceremonial tobacco if you still have some?

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