Pipestone in Pipestone County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sustaining the Sacred
American Indians have utilized the resources of the pipestone prairie for countless generations to sustain themselves during their stay at the quarries. The bison and elk that once roamed the area provided meat, clothing and tools. The prairie plants were important as food, as well as for medicinal and religious purposes.
Much of the tall grass prairie in the United States has been lost to development, and only one percent of the original prairie remains today. Since 1937 Pipestone National Monument has protected a remnant of this threatened ecosystem, helping sustain a connection for American Indians with their sacred pipestone quarries.
I was brought up to regard food as something sacred.
Lame Deer, spiritual leader
Erected by Pipestone National Monument, National Park Service, & US Department of the Interior.
Location. 44° 0.815′ N, 96° 19.566′ W. Marker is in Pipestone, Minnesota, in Pipestone County. Marker is on Reservation Ave. Touch for map. Located near the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 87 Reservation Ave, Pipestone MN 56164, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within Pipestone Pilgrimage (here, next to this marker); Connection to the Earth Mother (a few steps from this marker); Quarry Layers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Pipestone National Monument. (Submitted on June 22, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.