12 • A Banded Slate Tobacco Pipe

12 • A Banded Slate Tobacco Pipe

Ohio or Indiana, Mound Builder culture; 200BC – 200AD
10 cm long

This pipe originates from the very beginning of tobacco’s long history of being smoked, when it was believed to be used in North American shamanic rituals of spirit and power. Its beauty is in the clever use of the slate’s natural pattern of bands, which appear like spirals of smoke.