Sioux, Lakota, U.S.A.

Catlinite, wood and metal
Late 19th century
Length: 24 in. (61 cm)

Price: sold

America – Plains
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“Before talking of holy things, we prepare ourselves by offerings. One will fill his pipe and hand it to the other who will light it and offer it to the sky
and earth. They will smoke together. Then they will be ready to talk.” Mato-Kuwapi (Chased by Bears), a Santee-Yanktoni (Sioux) warrior.

Calumets were the most sacred objects among the Plains Indians. They were used in times of war and times of peace to ensure protection and success.