October 14th, 2009
03:20 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Preparing a sweat lodge

Program Note: Make sure to watch Gary Tuchman's report tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.


The people who died Thursday at a spiritual resort in Sedona, AZ had spent time in a "sweatbox" similar to what Native Americans and other cultures have used for prayer and purification rituals throughout history.

In North America, most Native American tribes use the term "sweat lodge" to refer to a dome-shaped structure where the intimate ritual of the sweat takes place.

Gary Tuchman visited a sweat lodge in Cornville, AZ, just outside of Sedona, to report on the ritual.

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  1. Christy

    The investigators need to check out the stones that were used in the sweat – if any of them contained limestone, the fumes created from the pouring of the water can be fatal. How can this information be forwarded to the authorities?

    October 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm |