201013-01-02 Sioux Calinite Pipe Bag and Pipe - Bowl and stem
Pipebag: 32" x 7.5"; Pipe: all original with wood carved connector and mouthpiece intact. Late 19th century. 22" x 4"; Pipebag with interior hide patch repair as pictured. Particularly fine hide work, thin and supple.
Owners Notes: This is a pipe and faun skin bag that I inherited from my father. He inherited it from his father. They lived at Fort Apache Arizona for some time in the starting in 1930 when my father was a toddler. The story that was told by my father is that they were posted at Fort Apache, being military, one of Geranamo's (sic) (descendants, a grand son I believe, was very ill and my grand mother who was a nurse nursed him back to health. They were gifted several items including a life blanket for my father, and this pipe and bag reputed to be one of Geranimos (sic). It is a good story but who knows? It and the other items no doubt came from there at that time but as to who it belonged to and how much older that that it might be, I have no idea. It has been stored in and pretty much kept out of sight for many years as he became afraid that somebody would steal it or that it might become an issue and somebody would want it reclaimed for the Indian Nation if it was known that he had it. So I at least think that he believed in it's provenance. There are several pictures of them at Fort Apache. None however with the pipe. Only one of my grand mother in a doe skin outfit given to her.