Nineteenth Century Lakota Sioux Pipe Bag - C3923
It was traditional for every Indian man to carry a decorated pipe bag made from deer or buffalo skin and highly decorated with beads. The bag would contain a pipe, tobacco, tamping stick and a strike-a-light. The Indians did not smoke purely for pleasure but did smoke tobacco for important rituals. Pipe smoking was part of any ceremonial or social event.
Warriors would smoke when seeking spiritual power; sacred acts were celebrated by smoking; oaths and friendships were sealed by smoking; visits to another person were celebrated by smoking before any conversation ensued; and smoking was undertaken for any major rituals.