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Sioux or Ojibwa
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Pipe Bowl

1900-1950
Catlinite with inlaid pewter

3 3/8 x 1 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (8.6 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 70.E1.3.a
24262 (ANS No.)
Geography: North and Central America, United States, Plains or Great Lakes
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Personal Gear; Smoking & Recreational Drug Equipment
Culture/Nationality: Sioux or Ojibwa
Collection: William S. Vaux Collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Introductory anthropology classes studying Native Americans use this pipe bowl and the accompanying pipe stem to better understand rituals that are central to many Native American communities. When the pipe and stem are joined for the sacred pipe ritual, they become a single sacrificial vessel from which smoke, a medium for communication with supernatural beings, is released. The pipe ritual was often conducted to establish ties of kinship between different communities or visitors, or to allow humans to communicate directly with deities through smoke and prayer.

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