The Pipemakers

Keepers of the Sacred Traditions of Pipemakers

1994, 38:00 minutes, colour, English


The Pipemakers shares the process of Stone Pipemaking from the quarries where the stone is selected to the finished product. Through the excellent narration of Wayne Jackson, an Anishinabe, we are guided through the twelve hundred-year history of stone pipemaking. Through his words and the superb filming, the viewer realises part of the significance that pipe smoking holds as a sacred tradition.

Experience for yourself the metamorphosis from stone to a polished red pipe through videos superb cinematography. Listen to the artists who carry on this sacred trust. This video shows the sublime confluence of art, process, culture and religion. The art of stone pipemaking is combined with the spiritual and cultural significance that provides the viewer a rare glimpse of native artists creating these sacred pipes.

Directed by: Tom Miles, George Hoffman

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