pipe (narcotics & intoxicants: smoking)


The Native American peoples of the woodlands of the Eastern Seaboard smoked tobacco on significant occasions, sharing pipes to celebrate successes, cement agreements and to communicate with supernatural beings. The pipes used were often elaborately decorated, carved from wood or stone with animal or figurative designs. This smoking pipe bowl, from the Canadian maritimes, depicts a European man with a pointed beard, possibly a sailor. It was carved in the nineteenth century and was probably a souvenir item sold by a Native carver in one of the ports of the Canadian Coast. The pipe was collected by Mrs. C. C. Stopes.

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