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Ceremonial Pipes

The Sacred Pipe or Calumet, has tremendous historical significance to Indians of many Tribes. The use of the sacred red pipestone in the fashioning of pipes, has been well documented and was known to early European explorers as early as 1650.

The most elaborate pipes can be four or five feet long. Others might be adorned with hawk feathers, fur, horsehair, quills, inlays and carvings, representing the animal spirit world.

The offering of tobacco to the Great Spirit was a significant event in the Plains Indian culture and the most common form of offering was the smoking of tobacco in pipes. Tobacco smoke rising to the heavens was meant as a means of communication with the Great Spirit and the Sacred Pipe played a key role in this sacred activity.

The use of the Sacred Pipe for prayer and also as a symbol of unity and communication, peacemaking, honoring friends and strangers, warding off evil spirits, healing the sick, and praying for a successful hunt, harvest, or battle.

An Indian legend relates that after a battle between enemy tribes, the Great Spirit caused the flesh and blood of the slain to go into the ground and become the red pipestone. As a result the location, which is found in only one place in the United States, has always been considered sacred ground and a place of peace. Our pipemakers today will often leave tobacco offerings at the quarries, or will smoke a pipe and offer the smoke to the Great Spirit.

Many of our craftspeople are third and fourth generation pipemakers. Historically, craftspeople were selected based on their spirituality and ability. Our craftspeople continue to create pipes that are unmatched in quality and originality.

When you purchase a pipestone pipe made by our pipemakers, information about the artist and how to take care of your pipe will be sent with your order.

Thank you for supporting our pipemakers.

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Plains Pipe 8 Inch Stem Plains Pipe 8 Inch Stem

  • Artist : Forrest Erks
  • Nation : A fourth generation pipemaker of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe

This 'plains pipe' represents the most common style of pipe in use throughout the period. The Indian's ceremonial pipe was often the plains style pipe, and because the ceremonial pipe was used to bind a treaty or a period of peace, this style of pipe came to be widely known as the 'Peace Pipe' This pipe has no beadwork or fringe. The pipe bowl is made from pipestone. When not in use, it is proper to have the stem and bowl separated and the bowl wrapped in a red felt cloth.


Plains Pipe 9 Inch Stem with Beadwork. Plains Pipe 9 Inch Stem with Beadwork

  • Artist : Lee Taylor (HAWK)
  • Nation : A third generation Santee Sioux pipemaker. Lee is a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

This Plains Pipe has a 9 inch stem with gold or white deerskin and fringe. Each pipe will have different color of beadwork and fringe. There are no two beaded stems alike. Plains pipe bowl is made with pipestone which is sacred to the Native Americans.


Four Winds Pipe with Beadwork Four Winds Pipe with Beadwork

  • Artist : Pete Musil - ( Heyoka means... contrary)
  • Nation : A member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Tribe. Pete has been carving peace pipes for over 30 years. He is in his 50s.
    There are 2 artists who carve this type of pipe. The second artist is Raymond Redwing and he is from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.

A pipestone bowl with an 8 inch beaded stem. The 'Four Winds' design has a ring cut in the bowl which represents a wind direction, or the four directions. This is one of many decorative motif used by Indians to decorate their pipes. The beadwork will be a different color for each pipe. No two are made alike.


Elbow Pipe with Beadwork Elbow Pipe with Beadwork

  • Artist: Raymond J. Redwing
  • Nation: A Navy veteran and a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux. He has been carving pipes for over 20 years

This Elbow Pipe is a very common pipe style of the 18th and 19th centuries. This pipe is the style most commonly used as a personal or pleasure pipe. Each pipe stem will have golden deerskin and different color seed beads on each pipe. The stem is approximately 8.5".


Personal Commanche Pipe Axe. Personal Commanche Pipe Axe

A miniature version of the larger pipe axe. This is 12 1/2 " The head and handle are predrilled for smoking. This is hand forged and NOT for throwing. Some imperfections in the steel blade.


Personal Sioux Pipe Axe. {Sold} Personal Sioux Pipe Axe

A 13" minature of a personal Sioux Axe. It features pierced weeping hearts, diamond-shaped handle and brass tack decorations. Hand forged iron. Pre-drilled for smoking. Not for throwing.


Two and Half Inch Onyx Pipe. Two and Half Inch Onyx Pipe

A variety of different shades of onyx. Each small pipe is approximately 2 1/2 " in length. A nice size to carry in your purse or pocket. This does get hot on the bottom when used. If you have a preference for a color, please let me know in your cart. If I have it, it will be sent.


All Pipestone Pipe. All Pipestone Pipe

  • Artists : "Chaska" - Myron Taylor, and Todd "Lone Wolf" Tellinghuisen
  • Nations : Santee Dakota and Sisseton-Wahpetton Dakota

There are two different pipe makers who make this type of pipe. Myron Taylor and Todd "Lone Wolf" Tellinghuisen. Myron is a Vietnam veteran who is a fifth generation pipe maker, and has been carving pipestone for over thirty years. His name, "Chaska" has the meaning of 'eldest male child'. His grandfather, Joe Taylor came to the area in 1904 and was one of the most active quarries and carvers of all time. A master artist, he specializes in effigy and silver inlay pipes. Todd was a fourth generation stone quarrier and pipe maker, who specialized in Hatchet head pipes with beautiful sumac stems and burnt designs.

This pipe has a pipestone bowl and stem that is 13" long. The two pieces comes apart. This is a beautiful pipe made out of the sacred pipestone of the American Indians.


Buffalo Pipestone Pipe. Buffalo Pipestone Pipe

  • Artist : Bil Bryan - "Big Eagle"
  • Nation : Ojibwe and Dakota

Bill Bryan is a third generation pipe maker. He has been carving pipestone for over thirty years. His father George "Standing Eagle" Bryan taught the art of crafting "Pipes". His specialties include exact replications of many traditional pipe styles including the Buffalo and Bear effigy pipes.

A 14" pipe with a standing buffalo pipestone bowl and a wooden stem with beadwork. The beadwork is on a piece of golden deerskin with red, white and blue seed beads. There is about 3" of golden deerskin fringe.


Eagle Claw Pipestone Pipe. Eagle Claw Pipestone Pipe

  • Artist : Mark Pederson "Swift Horse"
  • Nation : Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota

Mark is a fourth generation pipe maker. He is a direct descendant of Moses Crow, who came to this area in 1927. Mark specialties include Eagle Claw pipes as well as other traditional pipe styles.

A 15" pipestone pipe with a beautiful eagle claw bowl. The stem is made from wood with a section of red, white and blue seed beads on golden deerskin with 2" of fringe.


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