Most of you know that I was raised with an Athabaskan couple. I was taught the old Native ways of living and how to apply them in today's world. One of the things I do is a sacred pipe ceremony. I guess because spring Powwow is coming that I have been receiving lots of emails about making drums and pipes. So I thought I would show you one of my pipes that is now at rest. Meaning I don't use it any longer. I did the last smoke the other day. This pipe was made for me by a Medicine man from the Spokane Tribe. We did a trade, I made him beaded medicine bags. It was a good trade. I did the dressing on the pipe. From the beading to the embellishments represent my totems at the time and the spiritual things that were happening. This pipe is 25 years old
Hope you enjoy the photos.
I am off to see the doctor today.
This pipe is 27 inches long made of cedar and soap stone
The beading is peyote stitch using old time Czech 3 cut seed beads size 9/o
Python snake skin was given to me from Mike on my birthday and was perfect for this pipe. An opal cab sets it off.
Coyote fur and the Malachite cab sits up front
Skunk fur on the back of the pipe
The leather embellishments are all items that belonged to my great grandparents and grandparents
Honor and Integrity in Life in Art