Pipestone Carving – Keeping Traditions Alive

Pipestone National Monument 

Pipestone Carving – Keeping Traditions Alive

A pipe carver demonstrates the art of carving pipes
A pipe carver demonstrates the art of carving pipes

NPS/Pipestone National Monument

For countless generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipestone found at this site. These grounds are sacred to many people because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe's smoke carries one's prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.

American Indian craft workers demonstrate the art of shaping and creating pipestone crafts and pipes in the Visitor Center  from April to mid-October. Visitors have an opportunity to interact with and learn from the pipemakers.

To learn more about visiting the Pipestone National Monument and the NPS passes, visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/pipe