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Rekindling Traditions
Photograph by Penny De Los Santos

At a monthly ICS sweat lodge, men enter the fabric-covered structure to participate in a cleansing ritual. Heated by fire-cooked rocks, the lodge represents the womb of Mother Earth: Sitting in its warmth is akin to being reborn. The yellow flag on the staff represents the Eastern Spirits. "We call upon the Eastern Spirits when there is a change in life," says Waubano, the school's spiritual adviser. On this night, a man got a new Indian name.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Kodak Ektachrome 200
Lens: 17-35 mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Clear skies
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: On camera flash


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