L.V. McWhorter's ceremonial pipe

Cultural Narrative: 

This ceremonial pipe was made by the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) and given to L. V. McWhorter. The pipe is made from catlinite, which is a type of argillite (sedimentary rock) that is reddish in color. Catlinite is commonly used by many Native American peoples, including the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce), for making ceremonial pipes. Though it is unknown when this pipe was originally created, the fact that it was made specifically for L.V. McWhorter suggests it was likely made in the early 1900s when L.V. McWhorter was living in the state of Washington. This item, which is specifically the pipe bowl part of the pipe, measures 19 cm in length, 10.5 cm in height, and 349.2 grams in weight. Though some pipe bowls have intricate designs, this pipe bowl does not have any additional embellishments. The pipe stem used with this pipe is also included in the L.V. McWhorter Artifact Collection (cataloged as 1986.2.112b). This ceremonial pipe is cataloged as 1986.2.112a and is in the bottom right hand corner of the photograph. The additional items in the photograph include a brown slate pipe at the top of the photograph (1986.2.81), two bone awls to the right of the ceremonial pipe (1986.2.31-32), a green slate pipe on the far left (1986.2.82), and a small powder horn in the middle that does not belong to the L.V. McWhorter Artifact Collection.