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Carved Pipestone Pipe

Carved Pipestone Pipe
Date: Unknown
This pipestone pipe, possibly Apache in origin, was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1959. The soft pipestone enabled the pipe's maker to carve it into its final shape and incise a deep line 3/4 of the way around the stem end of the pipe. Pipes were used during trade negotiations and to mark special occasions.


Decorated Pipestone Pipe Tomahawk

Decorated Pipestone Pipe Tomahawk
Date: Unknown
This pipestone pipe tomahawk was collected in the western United States and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1980. The blade and stem portions are decorated on both sides with different floral motifs. Though the piece was likely made for trade, traces of tobacco residue, called dottle, within the pipe bowl indicate that it was smoked.


Metal Arrow Point from Anderson County

Metal Arrow Point from Anderson County
Date: 1856-1857
Family legend has it that the donor's father, W. L. Frankeburger, was shot through the arm with this metal arrow point. Frankeburger was an early settler in Anderson County and active in the Anderson county militia, the Pottawatomie Rifles, during the Bleeding Kansas period. Family information notes that Frankeburger was shot by "a bush whacker or border ruffian." The metal point is attached to the wooden shaft with sinew.


Pawnee Family Bundle at the Pawnee Indian Museum

Pawnee Family Bundle at the Pawnee Indian Museum
Date: 1987
Donated to the Kansas Historical society in 1987, this sacred Pawnee family bundle had been in the donor's family for at least five generations, passing down matrilineally. The bundle is now on display at the Pawnee Indian Museum in Republic County. The traditional story, as related by the donor, were that her ancestors were in a hunting party that was massacred. Her ancestor tied the bundle to his granddaughter's back, put her on a horse, and sent her away prior to the massacre. It was the donor's mother's express wish that this family bundle be placed on the west side of the Pawnee Indian Museum, where it resides today.


Pipe from British Columbia, Canada

Pipe from British Columbia, Canada
Date: 1911
This intricately carved pipe was made from slate in British Columbia, Canada. The pipe features five anthropomorphic figures forming the bowl and perched along the stem. It was purchased in December 1911 on Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia and gifted to a friend, whose estate in turn gifted it to the Kansas Historical Society in 1932.


Pipestone Pipe

Pipestone Pipe
Date: 1867-1884
This pipe was given to the donor's father in 1880, while working as a cowboy on the Chisolm Trail. In 1955 the pipe was donated to the Kansas Historical Society. The soft fine grained material of pipestone enabled the pipe's maker to carve it into its final shape. Pipes were used during trade negotiations and to mark special occasions.


Pipestone Pipe with Incised Lines

Pipestone Pipe with Incised Lines
Date: Unknown
This carved pipestone pipe was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1924. Pipes were used during trade negotiations and to mark special occasions. This pipe has a spiral carved around each end of the pipe. Traces of dottle, tobacco residue, remain in the bowl.


Siouan Pipestone Pipe

Siouan Pipestone Pipe
Date: 1850-1890
Owned at one time by the donor's relative, S. S. Benedict, Indian Agent, this pipe was said to be Siouan in origin and to have specifically belonged to Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull (1831 - 1890) was a Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux) holy man. The pipestone pipe was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1957. The soft, fine-grained material of the pipestone enabled the carver to shape and smooth the pipe and drill holes for the bowl and stem. Traces of dottle (tobacco residue) remain within the bowl and on the rim.


Siouxian Moccasins

Siouxian Moccasins
Date: Unknown
This pair of slip-on beaded and fringed moccasins were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1902. The leather moccasins have hard soles and were beaded with bands of white, blue and red beads in a geometric pattern on the uppers and around the edges. A leather fringe is attached to the uppers. Also on the uppers is a red dye or stain. The heels have been ripped.


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