Glacial Kame Pipes

4.19 Glacial Kame Pipes

Glacial Kame Pipes

Like other Archaic groups, the Glacial Kame people made smoking pipes from stone. They carved the basic tubular shape with flint tools and then hollowed out the inside with flint drills and gouges, tapering the hole at the mouthpiece end. The smokers held the pipes to their lips and inhaled the smoke; often they placed a small pebble just inside the mouthpiece to prevent the burning material from being drawn into the mouth. Archaeologists have no direct evidence of what the Glacial Kame people smoked in their pipes. Historic tribes of the Great Lakes smoked 28 types of plants including willow bark, sumac leaves, goldenrod flowers, and tobacco. The blend smoked depended upon the occasion. For example, some mixtures were used by hunters to attract deer while others were reserved for rituals.

Catalog number: A 3875/000026