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Learning to love the smudge

I used to find the ceremonies annoying — until I realized what their presence signifies

In this January 2013 photo, elder Velma Orvis (right) packs a ceremonial pipe as she and elder Albert McLeod (centre) prepare the key elements for a smudge ceremony prior to an event at the Nine Circles Community Health Centre.  Despite historical attempts to stifle First Nations culture, it�s now increasingly common to see smudge ceremonies performed before public events in Winnipeg � especially those held in the North End.

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In this January 2013 photo, elder Velma Orvis (right) packs a ceremonial pipe as she and elder Albert McLeod (centre) prepare the key elements for a smudge ceremony prior to an event at the Nine Circles Community Health Centre. Despite historical attempts to stifle First Nations culture, it�s now increasingly common to see smudge ceremonies performed before public events in Winnipeg � especially those held in the North End. Photo Store

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