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brushed. Mrs. P. was as picturesque as ever as she bent over the flames and spread her hands over them and then blessed herself by passing her hands over her face and her heart. The other women went through the same [[ceremony?]]. Then each in turn came to the altar, placed the tips of her fingers on the crucifix and the central peyote and then touched her lips and heart with the tips of the fingers. It was then that dinner was announced. When the women left the fire-tenders were sent to get water and then all went out to wash the symbolic paintings from their faces. As I had no markings on my face I was excused from this ceremony. After the dinner we again entered the meeting house and took our plans. After some small talk, I asked Pratt to explain the significance of the two ash-heaps in the excavation in which the second fire was kept burning. He explained that these two piles of ashes represented the lungs of the man symbolized by the fire-place or by the excavation. It is singular that the same idea in the symbolism of the tribal organization is carried out in this new religion. The heart which is in the center represents the hearts of all the people, and the lungs also are those of all the people. The feet of the man are toward the door and the head toward the back part of the lodge. Three officers sit at the head, and two at the feet, who are the fire-tenders. If any man or woman is suffering pain in the body, above the waist-line, he or she may make a cigarette out of corn-husk and tobacco and present it to the officer on his or her side, and this officer will offer smoke from the cigarette and prayers to Wa-kon'-da
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