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Dennis W.


Inipi Leader


Florissant, CO

Organizer since:

March 17, 2013

Have you attended a traditional Lakota Sweat Lodge before?

My first Inipi was on New Years Eve 1992, and though I crawled in with no spiritual beliefs, I crawled out hours later knowing my Spiritual Path had been revealed to me. Over the ensuing years, I offered tobacco to many different people who ran Inipi to teach me the traditional way of preparing the Inyans, and prepared Stones and tended the Sacred Fire for many Medicine Women and Men in the Denver/Boulder area and at Wounded Knee. While some prepared the Stones differently than others, they all taught me that Inipi came from Spirit for ALL the people, and no one should ever be excluded. It was also always a teaching that since Inipi (as well as other rites of the Lakota People) came from Spirit and belonged to all, that nobody should ever pay to pray in this way. We only have Open Ceremonies, so all are welcome, and there is NEVER a cost; we only ask that you respect Inipi protocol/etiquette, offer tobacco to the Inipi Leader and Fireman, and bring food to share for our meal.

Are you prepared to pray in an empathetic way with an open heart?

In our Inipi, your prayers are yours, and you will never be directed as to what to pray for, or who/what to pray to. Although I pray to Tunkashila/Wakan Tanka, whatever Deity/God/Spirit you believe in, you are encouraged to pray accordingly. We are not here to preach or convert, and whatever beliefs you have coming in, we pray you leave with those beliefs strengthened. We do hope that you pray from your heart, that if you've brought any negativity into the Lodge that you leave it with the Inyans, and that you say wopila/pilamaya to each of the people who have come to pray with you.

Will you refrain from alcohol/drugs a minimum of 24 hours before attending Inipi?

I made a commitment to Hambleceya in the summer of 1993, and haven't had a drink since.


I am wasichu, but have been Red Road for over 24 years, and have been taught by Wichasha Wakan from Denver/Boulder and Wounded Knee. After completing my commitment to Hambleceya, I was asked to pick up a Chanuppa, and have been Pouring for 9+ years.

What Dennis W. is saying about this Meetup Group

While having a Meet Up group to announce upcoming Inipi is in no way "traditional", I am still grateful for all the good people we have met through our group. I will continue to maintain the group page and I know that Spirit will continue to bestow wicosani on us all.

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