Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Calumet, a kind of pipe used by the North American Indians for smoking. The bowl is usually made of soft red soapstone, and the stem is profusely ornamented with feathers and beads. It is used symbolically as the emblem of peace: if the calumet is accepted when offered it is a sign of peace, if rejected it is a sign of war.