When an older home just east of Venice Beach, California was recently refurbished, the new owner found a crate in the attic-crawl space marked Catalina Island. Within the crate were many stone tools and old stone-carved pipes.
A small card indicated that the artifacts came from the western bluffs of Catalina Island, not far from Little Harborspecifically off a road known as Sheep Chute. I acquired the artifacts without the crate/packing materials, as the owner was interested in the historical writings within.The pipe was carved from a stone local to the region. It essentially is a long tube with a smaller mouth end slowly enlarging to a relatively large smoke hole. Artifacts such as this are known as shaman tube pipes. They were used by tribal shamans to blow smoke onto a person who was suffering physical, mental or spiritual pain. The smoke, along with herbal poultices, chanting and drink apparently alleviated such. In other words, these types of pipes were not common smoking instruments. They had a very specific, ceremonial use by a vested member of a tribe. In ancient times Catalina Island was the home of a thriving stone carving people. The islanders were known for their detailed stone carvings. Santa Catalina ceremonial stone shaman tube stone pipes are EXTREMELY RARE. The item "PIPE SHAMAN TUBE. CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA" is in sale since Monday, October 31, 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.