TUBE PIPE, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Century just north of Little Harbor, along the western perimeter of Santa Catalina Island, off of Californias southern coast, a small pit was uncovered in a sand bank. An array of stone artifacts came to light that decades later, were acquired by this site. A small tube pipe was one of those artifacts.
The pipe narrows down to a relatively small mouth opening in a nicely shaped form. Abrasion marks, dings, and chips are evident.
Some flattened areas no doubt due to years of holding/pressing of pipe. Based on evidence from many other archeological sites, the going theory is that tube pipes had a very special purpose among indigenous tribes. They were used in shaman ceremonial rituals, sometimes for healing purposes. The idea was to blow smoke onto a patients wounds to speed up healing.From what we know about the ancient Catalina islanders, finding a ritual tube pipe in a pit filled with other shamanistic artifacts fits our understanding of these people. The island was filled with shamans who used their special talents for healing and also for save. Transport of the carved stone materials traded up/down the southern California coast. An intriguing piece of Californias ancient past.
The item "TUBE PIPE, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA" is in sale since Friday, September 16, 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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