Vintage Plains Pipe with Feather Drop
Once you have chosen your pipe bowl and stem, you can use them as is or dress them up with beads and feathers. See the end of this article for a list of other posts here on my blog about the Lakota chanunpa.
Lakota Four Winds Eagle Effigy Pipe made from sacred pipestone
Lakota made ash pipe stem
One traditional Plains addition is a feather drop which can be attached a number of ways and embellished as you see fit.
A feather drop can be attached to the stem in a number of ways.
Feather Drop – Turkey as Eagle
Feather Drop – Turkey as Raven
Feather Drop Details
Vintage Plains pipe
For more information, read my other related posts by clicking on the links below:
Native American Pipes – The Sacred Pipe
Lakota Four Winds Pipes
Sacred Red Pipestone from Minnesota
Hi there all at Horsekeeping,
I have received my pipe bowl and pipe stem around two weeks ago now (thank you very much!) and have done nothing with the stem as yet. My animal totem is the Grizzly Brown bear, and wonder what decoration I should use. I feel that I should leave the pipe bowl untouched and treat the wood and decorate the stem only. I have thought about using some bead work on leather with the sacred hoop colours and using eagle feathers and (if attainable) bear fur. If I was to do this I think it may be difficult to attach if I treated the stem with say bees wax. Any suggestions?
We feel you should look to your heart or your spiritual adviser or tribal leader for help in choosing how to adorn your pipe.
Beeswax would make it difficult to make things stick to the wood but often leather or pelts are laced onto the stem when the leather or hide is wet, so it shrinks tight onto the stem.