SIA2510: Raven Effigy Pipe

Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2007 Calvin J. Hamilton
Location:Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe, Ohio

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A common practice in burial ceremonies was to ceremonially "kill" objects by breaking them and placing them in a crematory fire. This Raven Pipe was originally carved from a light tan pipestone. When it was "killed," some portions of it must have fallen outside the cremation fire. Fire burns pipestone a shiny black, so there are differen colors now that the pipe has been reassembled.

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