Pipestone, Minnesota: Home of “The Peace Pipe”

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Pipestone, Minnesota: Home of “The Peace Pipe”

Items in the Pipestone, Minnesota: Home of “The Peace Pipe” Collection

Joined Chanupa
An enormous sculpture of a joined Chanupa sits in front of the Keepers of The Sacred Tradition of Pipermakers. Some Dakota members find this sculputre of a joined pipe offensive

Travis Erikson
Travis Erikson, a fourth generation pipestone artist, works as a cultural interpreter for that National Park Service

Catlinite pipes
Catlinite pipes for sale at the Pipestone Shrine Association gift shop, which shares the same building with the National Park Service's visitor interpretive center.

The Three Maidens
The Three Maidens are the one of the first things a visitor sees at the park, when driving in towards the visitor center. The Maidens sit at the edge of the park property on a manicured lawn.

Erikson on the Awakening of his Pipe:

Dawes Severalty Act of 1887
The Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 treated American Indians as individuals instead of members of tribes and emphisized assimilation.

American Indian Religious Freedom Act
The American Indian Religious Freedom Act guarantees Native American people the right to, "believe, express, and exercise the
traditional religions of the American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut, and Native
Hawaiians, including but not limited to access to…

Pipestone Quarries 1836
George Catlin's painting of the pipestone quarries in Minnesota in 1836

Sacred Pipe at Pipestone National Monument
Different Native American people carve sacred pipes from the pipestone quarries in Pipestone, MN. These pipes are used for spiritual as well as commercial use by different people.

Pipestone Quarry 1894
Pipestone quarry, at the town of Pipestone, Minnesota in 1894. In the center with white gloves Big Thunder (John Wakerman), a Santee Sioux