North and Central America, United States, Plains or Great Lakes
Clothing and Adornments; Personal Gear; Smoking & Recreational Drug Equipment
Sioux or Ojibwa
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.
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
, 9/24/2010 - 5/28/2011
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
and Emily Croll.
Worlds to Discover.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
Page Number: 36
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