For hundreds of years, Pipestone National Monument in southwestern Minnesota has been a destination for Native American tribes. They would come to quarry the unique red stone found there and carve it to create ceremonial pipes and other sacred artifacts used for prayer. Today, the site is protected and preserved for current and future generations to visit and appreciate.
Travis Erickson is a fourth generation pipestone carver of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Nation. For 39 years he has used stone quarried from Pipestone National Monument in southwestern, MN to carve ceremonial pipes. Join him as he demonstrates this centuries-old art and learn about the significance of the red stone, pipes, and Native American culture.