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Pipe

k’u chajáangw “tobacco pipe”
Language: Haida

Tobacco smoking was a ritual part of Haida memorial and house-building potlatches. This complex pipe was carved from argillite, a soft stone. The meaning of the imagery – a long-necked human figure whose head bends over backwards, and the intertwined figures of a person, bird, and animal – is unknown.

Culture: Haida
Region: Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Tobacco
Dimensions: Length 8cm
Accession Date: 1931
Source: Museum Purchase
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 180926.000