Catlinite


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Cat´lin`ite


n.1.A red clay from the Upper Missouri region, used by the Indians for their pipes.
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Before the area became a national monument, we always took home a few hunks of Catlinite to carve.
A second was constructed with a Catlinite head carved to resemble a deer hoof and a handle that was covered with rawhide.
What captured my imagination was a nearby "living museum" at a catlinite stone quarry.
While, again, smoking tobacco and other non-intoxicating herbal mixes is fairly ubiquitous in classical Indian Country contexts, the specialized pipe of the Plains, consisting of a long (usually eight to eighteen inches, with the longer being the standard) thin stem made from hollowed cottonwood, and a separate, carved stone (a red soapstone known as catlinite is standard) t-shaped or elbow bowl, is most often found in urban Indian contexts.
An object may be at the same time a Catlinite disc pipe but also an object worthy of respect because of its placement within a Native culture.
The stone, called catlinite after explorer George Catlin but simply pipestone by the first people of this land, has unique qualities that make it ideal to carve and use.
Every summer at powwows and festivals across the country, hordes of white wannabes appear wearing buckskin and embroidered headbands, brandishing buffalo skulls and Catlinite pipes, eager to participate in sun dances, vision quests and sweat lodge ceremonies.
1840s, the catlinite bowl flared towards the top and with tapered prow (repaired), the ash stem with blue-green paint, plaited quillwork, and horsehair decoration, lg.