Smoking pipe. Indians of the Plains.

Smoking pipe
Collection MAE RAS: № 3142-13
Image ID: 3523666
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Title:
Smoking pipe
Ethnicity:
Indians of the Plains
Place:
USA
Location:
North America, The East coast of the Gulf of Mexico, The Great Plaines
Date:
19th century
Materials:
argillite, feather, leather, cloth, sinew
Collector:
National Museum of Natural History
Commentation:
For the Plains Indians smoking is a ritual act the purpose of which is communicating with the spirits. It was believed that, together with the smoke, requests for well-being go to the upper world to the people’s ancestors. Smoking a pipe was part of the ritual of making peace between inimical groups of Native Americans. The refusal to smoke the peace pipe and, therefore, to make peace, was viewed as showing disrespect for the spirits.