The Peace Pipe
Nothing can prepare you for an epic tale involving wars, US soldiers and Native Americans quite like this one. It turns out that an ancient historical artifact has resurfaced at an auction, and it’s known as the sacred peace pipe. But this is no ordinary pipe. It has a story to tell that dates back over a century and it has been through a lot, and now, an anonymous bidder can finally tell everyone where the pipe will end up now.
A Little History Lesson
Let’s go back to a time where US soldiers and Native Americans battled over territory, which often led to an all-out war. White Dog, a Native American Sioux Chief, was held captive by soldiers, and since he had some time on his hands, the Chief started to carve and sculpt a beautiful artifact. This artifact managed to survive from that prison back in 1862 all the way to 2018, where it would be seen again at an auction house in Boston.
We Come In Peace
White Dog belonged to the Mdewakanton tribe, who had lived in harmony until the American settlers moved in and pushed them off their land. Tribal members didn’t see themselves as war-like. “We are a peaceful people and very resilient, we bounce back from anything.” But sadly, the six-week war of 1862 resulted in a great deal of destruction and hardship. But one artifact had managed to survive despite everything that had happened.
A Peaceful Trade Off
The artifact was called the Catlinite peace pipe and was gifted by White Dog to his captor, Lieutenant King. It was a peaceful gesture and the pipe was beautiful with a combination of lead carvings of arrows, animals, and birds. But the coolest feature is the large thunderbird. Since the pipe is considered a sacred object, it was a generous gesture on behalf of the Chief who had grown weary of the conflict. But unfortunately, it didn’t work.
No Interest In Peace
The peace offering didn’t satiate the US Army. In fact, on December 26, 1862, 38 Dakota men, including White Dog, had a noose tied around their necks shortly after the armies managed to defeat the Dakota warriors. The act was one of the biggest executions in the history of the United States. The remaining tribal members were placed in concentration camps, and their relics were seemingly abandoned and lost… but one survived.