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This Native American Artifact Fur Leather Ceremonial Peace Pipe is an impressive hand-made Indian artifact. This peace pipe was hand-crafted out of natural wood. It has been adorned with genuine rabbit fur near the pipe bowl, a genuine laced leather strap with a Turquoise bear colorful dangling feathers and trade beads. The adornments all come together to create a traditional Native American artifact. The genuine feathers have been included to serve as prayer symbols. This artifact was created by Native American artist Curtis Bitsui. This Peace Pipe is approximately 10" long.
The Peace Pipe ceremony starts with filling the pipe with tobacco or red willow bark. It then commences with an acknowledgment of the four directions: East, South, West, and North. That is then followed by an acknowledgment of the Mother Earth, Father Sky, and Wakan Tanka. The Pipe Holder of the ceremony faces each direction as they are acknowledged, the pipe is then pointed downward during the acknowledgment of Mother Earth and at the moon or the sun during the acknowledgment of Father Sky. The stem of the peace pipe is then pointed skyward in the direction of Wakan Tanka at the center of the universe. The tobacco is then covered with sage. When the pipe is ready to be smoked the sage is removed and the pipe is passed around the circle. The smoke is symbolic of breath and life and often is not actually inhaled. The last person in the circle then finishes out the tobacco. The ashes are cleaned out of the bowl and then sprinkled to the ground as an offering to Mother Earth. That marks the end of the Peace Pipe ceremony. It is then usually followed up with a shared meal.
We understand the true value and nature of hand crafted Indian art. And, we recognize it's important to know that the artist is truly a member of a Native American tribe. So, to ensure you that this is the real deal, a Certificate of Authenticity has been included with this item.