Many sand abrasion streaks, dings, nicks and scars are evident along all sides of this remarkable pipe. According to the original owner, the pipe held a high place in his ancestral family, being taken out only once each year for storytelling. As with all effigy pipes the real answer is "we don't know" other than it was important to the carver/owner/tribe. Gleanings from contemporary totem tradition may allow us to peak into the concept. Often referred to as the clowns of the water world, otters live to play.
They amuse themselves and us with their water acrobatics, wrestling and romping, sliding on the bellies down muddy slopes or icy riverbanks. Even their sleep is comical.
They float on their backs with all four feet up in the air as if wired in place. Often they shield their eyes from the sun with their paws while napping during day. During the night, sea otters will wrap themselves in kelp to keep from drifting away.
Such antics remind us of the need to relax and have a happy attitude, to enjoy life to the fullest. Otters are territorial and tend to live alone stressing the importance of independence and self-reliance. They are also curious creatures, touching and sniffing everything in sight. Following their lead, Native Americans were wise to look at situations, events, and people from every angle and be open to new challenges.
Their swift, agile nature in water encourages "swimming" though problems and emotional upheavals with ease; instead of fighting and resisting what we can't change. And their carefree, chatter with its repertoire of chirps, chuckles, screams, and squeals encourages communication, but with a sense of humor. A wonderfully well articulated otter effigy pipe. The item "PIPE SEA OTTER-EFFIGY, NORTH OF SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA" is in sale since Sunday, July 03, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American".The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Erie, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.