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Bird Effigy Pipe

Bird Effigy Pipe
Bird Effigy Pipe

Bird Effigy Pipe, Late Woodlands period (1600-1100 years before present), Steatite, 7.75 x 2 inches, Gift of Warren Whittle, 1962.19.2.

Native American smoking pipes often took the form of effigies, or representations of people or animals. This pipe may have originated at Zimmerman’s Island, a site believed by many archaeologists to have once held an important prehistoric village. Now submerged by Douglas Lake, the island underwent TVA-sponsored surveying and excavations in the early 1940s.

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