with all the pages/sections
on this site that deal with examples and/or sites with Native American
artifacts/relics on them, I am not promoting the site for any type of
personal gain. I am putting their sites here so that others might be
able to enjoy the wonderful work of the Native American which for the
most part is not only utilitarian but an art form all of its own. Then, if they wish go to that particular site for further
excursions on their own.
came across a lot of nice sites,
however, some I did not even venture to look inside. One reason is that
if the prices are given in United Kingdom Pounds….well, it is bad
enough that half the time you can not tell if an item is Native American
Made or not, but at least they are made in the U.S. Another reason is that I refuse to have much confidence in a
site supposedly dedicated to Native American Collectibles and the first
items you see available are “Grateful Dead” albums…..
pipes were used for prayer and meditation
and it is believed that it will give the keeper great powers as long as
he lives an honorable life, if not, the powers will leave. It is
believed that as the smoke tendrils rise upwards that prayers are
delivered to the Creator. One does not own a pipe but rather is the keeper
of the pipe, reflecting the native belief in responsibility rather than
ownership.” Author Unknown
Since ancient times, Indians have used tobacco to show reverence to The Great Spirit, and respect for each other. Tobacco is used in daily offerings such as sprinkling tobacco to ask The Great Spirit for strength or a safe journey to or from home. Also, Gifts of Tobacco are used to give to various respected people that another wishes to speak with.
explorers began to make it a habit (very possibly one of survival!) by
carrying pipes in case of chance meetings with Indians because meetings
were held and agreements sealed by smoking a ceremonial pipe. The term
"peace pipe" or “Pipe of Peace” arose from the idea that
smoking the pipe, first initiated by the Native American, during the
signing of a peace treaty signified peace and friendship.
I can not say, if this designation was used by Native Americans
and then “borrowed” by the Euro-Americans, or if as with many
things, adapted from another Native American term/phrase or concept.
Large and intricately decorated, the ceremonial pipes were stored in beautiful bags embroidered with beads and quills among other decorations. It was an honor to be selected to “hold” a peace pipe. Accordingly, at least among Native Americans, this is a tradition that continues today.
In modern times, the term "peace pipe" has a much broader definition that refers to many different kinds of pipes. Meaning, of course, the broader definition is held by non-Indians. Be that as it may, one type of pipe is used in Native American religious ceremonies to commemorate or bless an event, such as the swearing in of an elected official, naming ceremonies for children, and groundbreaking for new buildings and facilities. Indians believe that the rising smoke carries messages to the Great Creator.
wish to hi-light a site here.
This site does not have, that I can tell a lot of pipe picture
examples, although it does have some very interesting pictures. However,
it is very well done and extremely well written.
It is as informative as one could ask for and is authored by a
man and wife team with at least the man’s family history being well
steeped in the art and spirituality of “the pipe”.
I firmly believe that if you have any interest of delving into
the mind and heart’s spirituality of the Native American, you do
yourself a great disservice if you do not visit this site and give it
the full attention it deserves. The man’s name is Running Elk and is a
Dakota Sioux. His site is
called Little Feather Center and the web site address is: www.littlefeathercenter.com/
Seas Trading Company:
lot to see and/or buy at this site, from prehistoric times to
countries around the world!
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Frog Effigy Stone Pipe –
E. Tennessee – circa 500-800 AD
Bird Effigy Stone Pipe –
Mississipian – circa 1200-1500 AD
Spirit of America:
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Celestial Pipe Bowl –
THIS IS THE BIGGEST PICTURE
Culture Raven Effigy Pipe –
circa 100 BC – 500 AD
|Blood Tab Style Pipe Bag – circa 1870||Ute/Shoshone Pipe Bag – circa 1870|| Sioux
Pipe Bag w/Strike a Light Pouch – circa 1880
|Cheyenne Pipe Bag – circa 1885|
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