What is 'sacred'?
Traditional use of tobacco
The Use of Sacred Tobacco is Our Tradition
Our ancestors have used sacred Tobacco for thousands of years. Tobacco has grown on the North American continent for at least the last 8000 years.
Sacred sa•cred (say-krid) adj.
1. Dedicated to or set apart for worship.
2. Worthy of religious veneration.
3. Made or declared holy.
4. Dedicated or devoted exclusively to a single use,
purpose, or person.
5. Worthy of respect; venerable.
6. Of or relating to religious objects, rites, or practices.
Tribal Elders are dedicated to keeping tobacco sacred. Tobacco is offered to the Creator of the earth, for our land, our fish, our acorns, and our life. The Creator gives us many gifts. Tobacco is a gift to be used in a sacred way, with respect.
When used traditionally with respect and honor, tobacco can promote good health and assist with spiritual guidance and growth. Each Tribe across this United States has different ceremonial uses. Learn yours, use it, respect it. Indigenous peoples have a common knowledge of sacred, of respect, and of honor. Tribal Elders are dedicated to keeping tobacco sacred. We thank the Creator of Mother Earth for our life. We offer her sacred tobacco in our ceremonies with respect.
Traditional Uses of Tobacco:
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