The canunpah (cha-newhn-pa,) or pipe, is central to virtually all Native American ceremonies across virtually all nations. For those who participate in ceremony and for those who would like to, it is important to know something about the canunpa. If you can learn about it before attending ceremony, so much the better.
Rick McBride is mixedblood Ani'yunwi'ya (Cherokee) who has practiced Red Road ceremonies for some 35 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.
For further information, visit his website: www.mixedblood.info (http://www.mixedblood.info/)