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Tobacco, indigenous to North America, followed Indian trade routes throughout the continent and its use by Native Americans dates back to 2000 BCE. Pipe smoking took on a ritual and religious importance in many tribes and the crafting of pipes became equally important.

The most famous Native American pipes are the long calumets or "peace pipes" of the Sioux and other Plains Indian tribes, which were made by attaching a wooden stem to a bowl carved from catlinite or "pipestone."