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Tobacco, indigenous to North America, followed Indian trade routes throughout the continent long before Columbus arrived, and pipe smoking
took on a ritual and religious importance in many tribes. Naturally, the crafting of pipes became equally important. The most famous Native American
pipes are the long calumets or "peace pipes" of the Sioux and other Plains Indian tribes, which
were made by attaching a wooden stem to a bowl carved
from catlinite or "pipestone." (Pipestone is native to Minnesota, but due to intertribal trade was available throughout Native North America.)
Other native pipe-making traditions included the smaller one-piece stone and ceramic pipes of the
Iroquois and Cherokee tribes,
wood and antler pipes of the Southwest Indians, and the post-Columbian tomahawk pipes with a metal pipe bowl and hatchet on opposite ends of the
If you are looking to buy pipes that were actually made by Native Americans--either because it's important to you to have the real thing or because you want to support native people with your purchase--then here is our directory of American Indian pipe artists whose carvings are available online. If you have a website of Indian pipes to add to this list, let us know. We gladly advertise any individual native artist or native-owned art store here free of charge, provided that all pipes were made by tribally recognized American Indian, Inuit, or First Nations artists.
Ancient Ways Calumet Pipes|
Plains Indian pipes from the Wind River reservation, traditionally carved from catlinite pipestone by Shoshone and Arapaho artists.
Neokistomi Indian Pipes|
Beaded pipestone pipes by Lakota Sioux and Blackfoot artists.
Four Winds Indian Pipes|
Artistic Native American pipes in historical and contemporary styles by a Choctaw Indian pipe carver.
Iroquois Stone Pipes|
Traditional stone carved pipes by Iroquois artists from the Six Nations Reserve.
Navajo Peace Pipes|
Leather-wrapped antler pipes made by two Navajo craftsmen.
Arapaho Indian Pipe Bags|
Traditional Plains Indian carrying cases for the peace pipe, made of beaded buckskin with fringework.
Blackfoot Beaded Pipebags|
Another Plains Indian artist selling lovely calumet bags with traditional beadwork.
|Offering Smoke: Sacred Pipes and Native American Religion||The Sacred Pipe||Pipes and Smoking Customs of the American Aborigines||Greengrass Pipe Dancers|
|Overview of the history, mythology, ceremony, and symbolism of the Native American pipe in various tribes.||Black Elk's 1947 description of Lakota Sioux pipe ceremonies.||An 1899 anthropology book, very dated but some good history of Indian pipe traditions.||Autobiography of a Micmac man bringing Crazy Horse's pipe bag back to his Lakota Sioux tribe. Good story, also with interesting material on the significance of the peace pipe.|
About us: This website belongs to Native Languages of the Americas, an indigenous language non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting endangered Native American languages. We are not artists ourselves, so if you are interested in buying some of the pipes featured on this page, please contact the artists directly. Though we have featured only Native American pipes identified with the name and tribal affiliation of each artist, we haven't called the tribal offices to check up on any of them, and we only know a few of them personally. We also don't guarantee any of their products. This is not an exhaustive list of Native American pipes--if you would like us to add your pipe site to this page, please contact us with your URL and tribal affiliation. We advertise any individual native artist or native-owned art business here free of charge. We do not link to peace pipes which are not made by tribally recognized American Indian, Inuit, or First Nations artists, so please do not ask us to. And finally, websites do occasionally expire and change hands, so use your common sense and this general rule of thumb: if the creator of each individual artwork is not identified by name and specific tribe, you are probably not looking at a genuine Native American pipe.
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