Sweathouse (HM1CUA)

Location: Kayenta, AZ 86033 Navajo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 40.71', W 110° 32.472'

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Navajo National Monument

This miniature forked-stick hogan without a smoke hole is actually a highly effective bath—an an ancient solution to the problem of keeping clean in a land where water is scarce.

Here's how it works: Stones are heated in a fire, then rolled in, or carried in on a wooden fork. The bathers undress outside, and then crawl inside. A blanket is hung over the door opening. Now all it takes is patience while the radiant heat does its work. This is the time for relaxing tired muscles—conversing—and perhaps singing sweathouse songs. Afterward, the bathers emerge from the sweathouse to rinse off with water, if any is available, or to rub dry with the soft, absorbent sand of Navajo country.
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 540993 N 4059306
Decimal Degrees36.67850000, -110.54120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 40.71', W 110° 32.472'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 40' 42.60" N, 110° 32' 28.32" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-609 Indn Rte 221, Kayenta AZ 86033, US
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