Native American Art - Voice of the Water Spirits
The Voice of the Water Spirits
The curling smoke from the long-stemmed pipe breathes forth the flames of war or the pale quiet of peace. With his pipe he pacifies the elements. On festal occasions, or when the camp rejoices at the joys of harvest, the priest smokes his pipe, blowing the smoke first to the earth, then to the sky, to the north, the south, the east, and the west, in token of gratitude for the favour of the gods. With the pipe the Indian also seals his councils.