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Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


Collection Information

Before the coming of Europeans, the Tlingit chewed a tobacco-like plant with lime made by burning sea shells; but they did not smoke tobacco until the traders introduced them to the custom. Both men and women chewed tobacco; but smoking was restricted to men. The men smoked tobacco obtained from traders. They mixed it with finely shredded bark and smoked it in beautifully carved wooden pipes, some with metal bowls.