- Feb 21, 2013
Europeans learned pipe smoking from the indigenous peoples of North America, and Native American pipes and leaf are often characterized by ceremonial pipes. Writings of some Europeans in close contact with the Nations remembered and reported a good deal of recreational smoking, for example James Willard Schultz and his late adolescent experiences with the Blackfoot. Smoking was often the way to relax after a hunt or other sort of rigorous work day. However, I have not seen any depictions of what Native American recreational tobacco pipes looked like. Is anyone of Indian heritage or has anyone lived in close proximity to Tribal Nations to know about these pipes? Did they look like peace pipes, or were they smaller and less adorned?