This beautiful sacred pipe composed of a Catlinite (also referred to as pipestone) bowl and a wooden stem was handmade by Swift Horse (or Mark Pederson). His signature appears carved into the bottom of the wonderfully detailed Catlinite eagle claw pipe bowl. Catlinite is a soft stone mineral deposited at Pipestone, Minnesota that is used by many Native American woodland and plains tribes for carving the red stone bowls of their sacred pipes. The first white man to “discover” the quarry was named Catlin.
Located near the mouthpiece of the wooden stem, the artisan has attached as decoration a beautiful deer skin to which blue and orange beads have been stitched.
The pipe, dating from the early 1980s, is in excellent vintage condition. The bowl and stem should remain disconnected when not used during personal prayer time.
Smoking a pipe as part of a ceremony or spiritual offering is a very sacred act, not to be taken lightly. The tobacco burned in the pipe during prayer, personal or ceremonial, is called kinnickinnick by the Ojibwa. Kinnickinnick literally means "what is mixed," and refers to plant materials that Native Americans mixed with tobacco for ceremonial smoking. Use of kinnickinnick is widespread in North America, but the ingredients varied regionally. In the Woodlands, the favorite ingredients are the inner bark of certain willows, dogwoods, or sumac leaves. The final mixture usually only contained about one third tobacco.
Remember that this vintage Ojibwa eagle claw pipe is a living, sacred object intended for prayer and ceremony. Please purchase it with that intent in mind and spirit.
Note: As part of our Colors of Autumn Celebration, purchase of the Stunning Catlinite Eagle Claw Ceremonial Pipe comes with a free $50 Dogbotz Boneyard gift certificate, which can be redeemed during a future purchase at our online store. The expiration date of the gift certificate is one year after purchase of this item.