I-1-98

I-1-98 Plains Indian pipe.

The Great Plains is home to many of the more colorful tribes in American history. Tribes such as Sioux, Cheyenne, Crow and Arapaho were formidable warriors and great hunters of buffalo. Their culture left an indelible mark on not only American culture but also on other tribes (the use of feather bonnets for instance has become nearly universal among most tribes).

One of the influences upon many Native American cultures was the use of smoking tobacco. This pipe is a type that was commonly used by the Plains Indians for more common every day functions and, while less dramatic than the large calumet pipes used to seal agreements such as peace treaties, these less dramatic looking pipes are a genuine reflection of native life on the Plains. This form illustrated by this pipe is often attributed to tribes such as Blackfoot or Arapaho who used elbow pipes with circular pipe stems.

This is a fine example of one of these short elbow pipes with great patina on both the pipe bowl and stem from long use. The reddish pipe bowl is made from pipestone more correctly called Catlinite that comes from only one sacred quarry in Minnesota. This stone was traditionally traded by various Indian groups and eventually pieces of it made their way onto the hands of plains and southwestern tribal groups.

Overall length about 13 ½". Circa 1880. $950.00