Date: 19th January 2001
Actress NEVE CAMPBELL has been sweating it out in Los Angeles' latest meditation trend.
The SCREAM star has become a devotee of the sweat lodge craze - a Native American tradition of cleansing and praying - and she can't wait for her next session. It is just 30 years since the last Native American was arrested and imprisoned for organising a then-illegal sweat lodge.
Campbell says, "This lodge was led by an Indian called WHITE WOLF and I went with my martial arts class. "They build a tent and it's completely black inside and they heat up stones, really hot and you crawl in and myself and 13 people sat in the dark in a circle and they bring in drums. "They call in spirits. The whole process is about six hours long but I was in there for two hours.
They have these buckets of water and when the buckets are empty then the sweat's over. "It was an amazing experience. I'm not good with heavy heat but it was very meditative. "Some of these Indian guys there had scars all over their chests and I asked them why - they pierce their chests and put these hooks in and attach themselves to a tree for three days. I wouldn't go that far." (KL/WNV/RGS)