TUBE PIPE: SAN NICOLAS ISLAND, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 19. Smoke Hole Diameter: 2 1/8. Weight: 1 lb 4.6 oz. Sometime in the late 19. Century, a Los Angeles businessman, family and friends scoured the island of San Nicolas Island, the most remote of Californias Channel Islands, looking for ancient artifacts.
While today this activity is illegal, insensitive and politically incorrect, the artifacts were collected, stored and then later, distributed to various collections around the country for safe keeping. Many of these early pieces were obtained decades ago by this site from stateside descendants. The artifact is a rather beautiful, long pipe in the shape of a cylindrical tube.
Minor sand abrasion scratches, minor dings and pitting are evident. Extraction grooves and a clear center hole are visible. The pipe was acquired as listed. It was never cleaned or soaked to remove any sand/debris.
Fortunately, the purpose of these long tube-pipes is known from other Native American sites and incredibly, primary observation by early trappers/settlers. These pipes were an intricate part of a tribal shamans healing kit. The idea was to blow smoke upon a warriors wound, limb, discomforted area along with the specific chant/herbal poultices and such. The blown smoke, in the belief system of those using / receiving it, helped bring the patient back to full health!Century eyes, many of you may roll your eyes. But the efficacy of such techniques is not the point here. The point is that the prehistoric people using such tube pipes believed in this. They used it, apparently regularly for health via the spiritual domain. Tubes pipes were also used in ceremonial divinations: to call upon certain spiritsmaking such an artifact took a tremendous amount of effort that relegates this artifact to a high place in the belief system of the people using it.
San Nicolas Island was inhabited for thousands of years by the Nicoleno, a group of Tongva (sometimes known as Gabrielinos). These people maintained a thriving culture trading with the nearby Chumash and with mainland tribes.Since 1933 the island has been off limits to the general population due to its jurisdiction under the U. But before that time, in the late 19th early 20th century the island was a go-to destination for courageous southern California yachtsmen. This artifact was found along the southeastern shoreline by one of these yachtsmen.
Rarely does one have such an outstanding provenance/location of a found artifact. In fact, the availability of this artifact from a locale that is currently inaccessible to people makes it even more special. Such is the case here with this artifact from the farthest Channel Island off the California coast.
The item "TUBE PIPE SAN NICOLAS ISLAND, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 19th Century Find" is in sale since Friday, July 15, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Erie, Colorado.
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