Indian Pipe. Round

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A Sioux pipe ornamented with tufts of hair and feathers. Collected from the Missouri River tribes. Formerly part of the U.S. Department of War collections. Identified by Mike Carlow, Director, Tusweca Tiospaye, Oglala Lakota Sioux from Pine Ridge, as resembling the type of pipe used in the Hunka Ceremony or Adoption Ceremony.

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. The location is given as "Missouri R. tribes." Pipestem is 37.5" long.

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  • Title: Indian Pipe. Round
  • Location: Missouri River, United States, North America
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 95.25cm (37.5in)
  • 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
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): E1773
  • Photo Credit: Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology
  • Accession Date: 1867-12-31