The grounds of Pipestone National Monument have been an important cultural and spiritual site for many American Indian cultures for a very long time. Each culture has its own traditions, protocols, and stories that relate to the pipe, the quarrying grounds, and the pipestone itself. The following are excerpts of stories that reveal a landscape charged with life and imbued with meaning. These stories are certainly not the only stories told about this special place, and are offered here primarily as examples of the types of stories told in order to illustrate the importance of the site.
Last updated: July 1, 2019