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What plant did the native Americans use in the peace pipe?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19453points) April 9th, 2020

Was it tobacco, or marijuana, or something else?

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LostInParadise's avatar

According to this article, it was usually tobacco with some herbs thrown in. The article says that the smoke was not inhaled. This article says that marijuana did not cross the Mexican border until the early 1900’s.

kritiper's avatar

Wild ”...tobacco and various aromatic herbs – called kinnikinnick…”
“Although some of the tobacco smoked by Indians grew wild, various tribes cultivated it in order to have a predictable supply available and to be able to trade it to other tribes.”
-from Time-Life Books, “THE OLD WEST” series, The Indians.

YARNLADY's avatar

this is an excellent article. The pipe is a prominent part of the Choctaw National Seal

Patty_Melt's avatar

Off topic, but not completely, Native social distancing.

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