Sioux Carved Pipe Stem with Catlinite Bowl, From the James B. Scoville Collection

undecorated ash stem with bulbous catlinite bowl, length of stem 17 in., length of bowl 3.25 in., overall length 19.25 in.
late 19th century

Purportedly the pipe of Red Tomahawk (Teton Sioux, 1853-1931), a Sergeant of Indian Police at Standing Rock who was responsible for the death of Sitting Bull.  However, according to a documented phone conversation between James Scoville and Cyril Grace (the original collector), Scoville notes: He is pretty sure of it, but can't verify it, because he got it from someone else.  He does remember having Red Tomahawk sitting around his campfire and telling him about how he killed Sitting Bull and how he was sorry that he did it.  Red Tomahawk did not live there at Bullhead (personal communication March 27, 1979). 


Taylor, Colin F. Iho'lena. Voices from the Past, Messages for the Future (1998:12)


Collected by Dr. Cyril W. Grace, Superintendent of Schools Standing Rock, Bullhead, South Dakota
James O. Aplan, South Dakota
James B. Scoville, Illinois

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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