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Ojibway Pipe Holder and comments from Tribal Elders Nov 4, 1999
I am a Pipe-Holder of the Ojibway (Ahnishinabeg). Our Tribal Elders do not approve and are made sad by commercial exploitation of the Sacred Pipe. They teach us that these are Sacred Objjects, under the direction of dedicated and trained holy people and spiritual leaders. The will and intent of the Elders has legal and moral weight in the society of those tribes who honor the Sacred Pipe. There are many pipes made by non-indian people for a commercial market forbidden to traditional native people. Photographs of Sacred Pipes are strictly forbidden. I hope the reader will take these views into account.