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Sacred Scarcities

Water agreements between Native reservations and their non-reservation surroundings incite political unrest as water infrastructure is monopolized so the vulnerable are left with no choice other than to migrate. Spiritual practice binds to secular necessities as the rate of drought and evaporation are decreased, reducing territorial monopolies and the resulting migration of the To'Hajiilee tribal community, a subgroup of Navajo Nation, who are amongst the most vulnerable to climate change. The Sweat Lodge tradition, under threat, is preserved for future generations as rituals are simulated through the use of AI and empowered to become more accessible with customized introspective experiences that respond to water status and data-trained feedback loops - increasing the ritual’s recognition by providing new technologies to conserve water and the practice.