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Catalog Number 72
Title Pipe Bowl; Catlinite; T shaped
Object Name Bowl, Pipe
Description Pipe bowl made of catlinite. Catlinite is dark red with pink flecks. Pipe is t shaped, with tapered anterior end. Bowl is round in cross section with blackened interior. Stem is missing.
Year Range to 1908
Culture North American Indian
Material catlinite
Height (in) 4
Length (in) 6.875
Width (in) 1
People Sitting Bull
Bristol, David Charles "Omaha Charlie," 1834-1925
Other Name Pipe, Bowl Cat
History According to donation records, this was Sitting Bull's medicine pipe. Bristol acquired it from "Friday". "He was as you will remember, chief of the Arapahoes. "Friday" claimed he got it direct from Sitting Bull. It took me six months or more to trade Friday out of this pipe. Nearly every day Friday came to the "Post Store." I got his friendship by paying for it in small items of merchandise free to Friday. He was loyal in bringing in Indians to trade just so long as I did not forget to anti up to him regularly. Friday was taken when a young man to St. Louis, Missouri, by an army officer. He graduated from some school and then was employed by the Great American Fur Company. Afterwards he returned put on blankets and was Chief of the Arapahoes up to the time of his death."
Credit line D.C. "Omaha Charlie" Bristol, Homer (Dakota), Nebraska
Collection Bristol, DC