Paper: An Analysis of The Sacred Pipe by Joseph Epes Brown

Not everybody in the tribe was permitted to smoke out of the pipe, only the chief or high religious leaders were aloud to smoke out of the pipe. Even then, they were only aloud to smoke out of it during religious practices and other rituals to celebrate holidays of there culture. Hands down the pipe was the single most important object in there religion and culture. One thing that | did not realize about Native Americans about before this book is all the different types of substances they found a way to smoke. These people would smoke everything and anything that they could fit in a pipe. They had all kinds of different names that they obviously gave to these drugs while they were using them, such as Hokshichankiya which was there name for marijuana. Most drugs however that were used in there religious practices were bitter tasting and had no real affect on the brain. The author spent a lot of time making sure he described the effect and representation of each and every drug that they would use, making me believe that smoking was an extremely popular thing to do in this particular tribe. Asmall problem with the book was it was tough to understand and tough to follow. It almost seemed like there was a lot of clutter and useless words that made the book tough to understand. Maybe if | was a more experienced reader | would have had an easier time reading this book. The book still kept my interest and | got it done quicker than other books that had been assigned in the past. Not only did | learn a lot about Native Americans but | learned how to read a new and different style of writing that | haven't encountered yet. | would not recommend this book to a person that is just starting to read but to a faithful reader it would prove to be a interesting novel....