Hi, I'm looking at the Carved and Inlaid Spiral Pipe Stem by the Eastern Sioux artist, and was wondering, what would this pipe be used to smoke? It's really long!
Likely these pipes were used to smoke tobacco. Smoking pipes are an important part of many ritual ceremonies in Native cultures, including the Eastern Sioux.
Do you know what this was used for?
The spiral-shaped object is a pipe stem by an Eastern Sioux artist. It would have been part of the ceremonial equipment used in tobacco smoking.
What about the club?
It is a Ball-headed War Club by a Chippewa (Ojibwe) artist. These clubs, and those of similar design, were used throughout the Great Lakes region. If you look closely, there are birds and men carved onto the surface.
club was a weapon but it could also have been carried during ceremonies as a status
object indicating that the man was a great warrior.
What was this used for?
This would have been used in a tobacco smoking ceremony. The pipe stem would have been attached to the pipe itself. A number of natural and supernatural animals are carved onto the stem.
I like it! Would smoke travel through the length of the stem?
Yes, a hole is drilled through the center of the pipe stem.
Was this made by hand? And if so how was the spiraling accomplished?
Hi there! This was certainly made by hand! Let me get more info on how!
According to our notes, this pipe was carved out of a solid piece. Wood was simply carved away to leave final spiral shape.
Ah! And the hole?
That confused me a little too. Practically, I believe they would need to drill to the hole first. Interestingly, looking at other examples of these spiral pipes, this is one of the thinnest and most twisted examples known.