HK Item #NC427
#NC427 - $75 plus s/h
1 1/4" long pipestone nugget.
Hair pipe refers to long hollow beads usually, but not always, having tapered ends. The term "hair pipe" was likely coined by early white traders who saw indians wearing the long beads as hair ornaments.
Hair pipe is thought to have been originally made of conch shell by southeastern Indians (Chickasaw, Creeks, and Cherokee).Some of the oldest shell hair pipes, discovered in Tennessee, are estimated to be from 4,000 years ago.
Hair pipe of bone
appeared around the late 1800s when white traders brought corn cob pipes to the
Ponca Indians of the midwest - the Poncas found that the bone pipe stems made
excellent hair pipes. Later, hair pipe was made of glass, brass, silver, horn
and other materials.
Pipestone, also known as catlinite, is a form of clay called argillite with a high iron content that colors it a deep red to pale orange. Pipestone was discovered in southwestern Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, who consider it a sacred material and use it to carve pipes and other ceremonial objects. It is easy to carve because of its lack of quartz. The catlinite quarries located at Pipestone National Monument are considered sacred to many Native American people. Read more about Sacred Red Pipestone from Minnesota.