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Pipestone Indian Shrine Association

Is a non-profit cooperating association established in 1955 to preserve the vanishing art of pipemaking and assist Pipestone National Monument in the development of scientific, educational and interpretive programs.

The Pipestone Indian Shrine Association is located within the visitor center of the Pipestone National Monument, with offices within the Midwest Indian Cultural Center. Pipestone National Monument occupies the site of the famed pipestone quarries of Minnesota. The Pipestone Indian Shrine has its roots back to the 1930’s, with efforts to have the area recognized as a National Park Service Area. At that time we were called the Pipestone National Park Association. In the 1950’s the association was revived and re-titled the Pipestone Indian Shrine Association, acting as a cooperating association of the National Park Service by supporting the Pipestone National Monument’s historical, scientific and educational activities. The association now acts as a non-profit society dedicated to preserving the Indian art form of pipemaking. Today, local pipemakers continue to quarry the pipestone and create pipes and crafts.

Open 7 Days a Week
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Authentic Pipestone pipes and crafts from the Pipestone National Monument. Visit our shop or buy online.

PIPESTONE PIPES and STEMS of the Plains Indian

Pipestone Pipes | Catlinite Pipes | Peace Pipes | Plains Indian Pipes

Pipes and pipestems are made by an Oglala Sioux

Catlinite Pipes / Calumet (some pipes and pipestems are decorated by NAT)

We all wrap our stems differently, We never connect the bowl until we smoke it. it is a sacred item. We keep it wrapped in red cotton cloth filled with sage, and in a pipe bag. It is called the four winds crying chanupa, when it is smoked, white tears flow from the pipe stone.

Pte Ceya Wakan Winyan (In Lakota Sacred Crying Buffalo Woman)

This is a replica of one of Sitting Bull’s pipe

Stem measures 25-1/2 inches (from end to end)

Glass beads, deer skin, hard wood, brass studs, hide glue, horse hair and clay paints, etc.

This example of a pipestone (Catlinite) pipe was decorated to embody a clients personal medicine. If pipe stem (16 inch) features a painted Thunderbird, Eagle, two Red Tail Hawk feathers, Buffalo hair (Tonka), clay paints, various old time Chevron beads (1800’s), etc .

(pipe was decorated using clients personal medicine)

PIPESTONE PIPES and STEMS of the Plains Indian Pipestone Pipes | Catlinite Pipes | Peace Pipes | Plains Indian Pipes Pipes and pipestems are made by an Oglala Sioux Catlinite Pipes