A Sioux pipe ornamented with feathers, strings of purple and white wampum shells, and colorful quills. Collected from the Missouri River and formerly part of the U.S. Department of War collections.

Entered in the orginal ledger catalog as from both War Department and National Institute. As the War Department collection was cared for by the National Institute before coming to the Smithsonian, it is assumed that this pipe originated with the War Department. A note in the ledger reports "exchanged with Australian Minister." The pipe stem is 42" long, and is adorned with strands of white and purple wampum made of shell.


  • Title: Indian Pipe. Round
  • Location: Missouri River, United States, North America
  • Type: Pipe
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): E1771
  • Photo Credit: Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology
  • Accession Date: 1867-12-31


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