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The Power of the Pipe

The Power of the Pipe  Saturday September 20th 9:00am to 1:00pm 

$80 or $70 if paid by Friday September 19th*

with Grandfather Rick McBride

The Pipe, which you may sometimes hear refered to as a canunpa, a Lakota term pronounced cha-new[hn]-pah, is a sacred tool that is the cornerstone of ceremony. Given to the People so long ago nobody knows for sure, to be the keeper of a pipe for the people is a sobering responsibility. This presentation touches on:

How to handle a pipe

Kinnick-kinnick (herbal blend to smoke)

Who can "carry" a Pipe, and what does the term actually refer to

When is a Pipe used

How did the Pipe come to the Peopl

What is a "pipe ceremony"

What is the symbolism of the Pipe

The purpose of this talk is to educate people so that they will learn to respect the pipe, not seek to own one to "play Indian," to impress friends, to boost the ego. But to learn how to conduct themselves around the Pipe so that they will get the maximum benefit from it.

It is enormously important to be truthful with the pipe. When used honestly, it will help you. When used deceptively, it will catch you and set things right, often in a very public way. Virtually all native nations use the pipe; it is the most widely recognized common practice among Native People. And they all have stories that tell of how the pipe came to them.

To help you underdstand how the pipe can help you, there will also be in-depth consideration of;









NOTE: We will NOT be doing any kind of ceremony in this presentation.

*To get the discount you can pay by cash or check (email Organizer at [masked] for details as to how to do this) or pay by paypal online, by following this link (scroll down to bottom of page):

Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 30 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for some ten years now. Workshops and lectures are one way to learn from the wisdom of Indian Country. Ceremony brings this knowledge to life. Combined, teaching and ceremony render practical guidance to everyday living. And so, Rick sees his role as that of "translator" of indigenous ways so that mainstream-educated people get the full benefit of these ways. It has taken him years of dedicated interaction with many Elders, as well as his activities as ceremonial leader to get to this place in his life.

For further information, visit his website:


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