Information about Native Indian Pipes
Native Indian people used to smoke long time before Columbus has arrived to American continent. Smoking with pipes has taken a huge ritual and religious importance for many Indian tribes.
"Peace pipes" are the long calumets, they are originated by the Sioux and other Indian tribes of plains of American continent. These pipes are made with a wooden stem and a bowl carved from catlinite or "pipestone". There are also one-piece stone and ceramic pipes, which are originated by the Iroquois and Cherokee tribes; antler and wood pipes by the Southwest Indians. Known tomahawk pipes with a metal pipe bowl and hatchet are made in post-Columbian ages.
Indian tribes didnt use any global name for the pipes. For example, the Ojibwa called it «opvahgun».
Peace pipes became the global term. The expression "to smoke a peace pipe" meant to conclude a peace agreement. The phrase came from an Indian ceremony the end of the war, when the chiefs and representatives of the warring tribes sat nearby and fired on the range of pipes.
Smoking of peace pipes was also the basis of many religious rituals, especially among Indians prairie. Tribal pipe of peace was kept in a separate tent, which was called «the sacred tent of the pipe». The word «kalumet» is not an Indian origin. This is the name of the pipe gave the world the French explorers, noting its similarity to the pipe or reed pipe (in French chalumeau - shalyumo).
The soldiers took the sacred pipe in the hikes as an amulet to ensure victory. All ceremonies and meetings of the tribe begins and ends with tobacco. The pipes varied by their roles, the pipes of elders were the most sacred ones, and where used during important religious rituals. In all cases the pipe was smoked in absolute silence, the smoke was considered to be sacrificial.
However, according to some scientists, the main item of many Indians was not so much the pipe itself, as its mouthpiece, sometimes just stick symbolizing the pipe and is called the pipe. For example, in the holy site at Crowe connected with the cult of tobacco, there are two mouthpiece decorated with eagle feathers. However, along with a mouthpiece, this place contains some maize and sweet grass.
Indians used to smoke tobacco, but many of them smoked tobacco mixed with bilberry leaf, and some tribes replace tobacco smoking mixture of different plants, which was called kinni-kinnik.
Along with the sacred peace pipe, the Indians used a conventional wooden pipe ends with a red head of the so-called «pipe stem», or katlinita. Every Indian smoking pipe was in the special «pipe bag», and each was richly decorated pouch.
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