Scenic USA - Minnesota
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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|Photos by Ben Prepelka
Quarrying pipestone, or catlinite, still takes place on the sacred grounds of Pipestone National Monument. George Catlin first recorded the lives of the Plains Indian in his paintings. He was fascinated with the detailed T-shaped calumet pipes and the processes of carving pipestone. Hues of the soft pipestone range from a mottled pink to a dark red. Known as peace pipes to white newcomers, these ceremonial pipes were sure to surface during treaty negotiations.
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