Native American peace pipes are among the most well-known and recognizable symbols of American Indian culture. They have been used for centuries in a variety of ceremonies and occasions, ranging from peace negotiations to spiritual rituals. The tradition of using peace pipes dates back to pre-colonial times and is still practiced by many tribes today. In this blog, we will explore the history and significance of peace pipes in Native American culture and discover the variety of pipes available at Kachina House.
The History of Peace Pipes In Native American Culture
When two tribes were at war, a peace pipe would be used to symbolize the opposing sides’ commitment to working toward peace. Here’s how it worked. Three people are involved in a peace pipe ceremony; the medicine man and the two warring chiefs. Each man would bring a section of the pipe to the meeting. The medicine man brought the pipe stem while each chief provided the bowl or mouthpiece. This act symbolized their mutual commitment to peace. The peace pipe would then be assembled and smoked to seal a treaty using tobacco or a blend of local herbs that were important to the specific tribe.
What Are Peace Pipes Made Of
Peace pipes are made from a variety of materials, including wood, stone, and bone. The bowl of the pipe is often made from red pipestone called catlinite, which is mined only in a specific area of Minnesota. This stone is believed to have spiritual qualities and is often referred to as “sacred red pipestone.”
The process of making a peace pipe is often lengthy and sacred. The pipe maker must first obtain the materials needed for the pipe, which often involves visiting specific sites to gather them. They then use traditional methods to craft the pipe and adorn it with decorations such as feathers, beads, and even animal fur. Once completed, a peace pipe is often blessed or consecrated in a ceremony before being used.
Native American Pipes at Kachina House
At Kachina House, you can find a variety of authentic Native American made pipes. These wonderful pieces are handcrafted by skilled artisans using traditional methods and materials. Each pipe is unique and holds its own spiritual significance, making them a truly special addition to any collection. For more information about our pipes please feel free to email us or give us a call.