Unlimited Learning talk looks at the cultural and historical significance of sacred pipes

The event will include speakers Bud and Rona Johnston, who are "Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers,” at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12, in Crosby.

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CROSBY — Pipes of Power: The cultural and historical significance of sacred pipes is the subject of the next Lakes Area Unlimited Learning

The event will include speakers Bud and Rona Johnston, who are "Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers,” at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12, in Crosby.

The Johnstons will discuss the history of the quarries in the Pipestone area and the importance of the peace pipe in Native American culture.

Across the Great Plains, pipestone from southwest Minnesota quarries has been used by native tribes for their sacred pipes. With reverence, stories of the pipes have been passed down through many generations of tribal people who have used pipes for prayer, healing and social events. “The Johnstons are both well-known, esteemed artists in the carving of pipes and will present examples of their art during the presentation,” Unlimited Learning reported. “They have helped audiences in many countries understand the significance of the sacred pipes. They have been featured in magazines, newspapers, calendars and have won many awards for their work.” The program will be in the Forum Room at Crosby-Ironton High School. The fee is $5 for non-members, and it’s free for members.

Lakes Area Unlimited Learning promotes the intellectual stimulation of older adults. Its


philosophy is “learning without limits,” and it lives that philosophy by offering

monthly programs and field trips that are stimulating, interesting and relevant. People join

Unlimited Learning for the learning opportunities and stay for the friendships. For more

information about membership, contact Sally Ihne at or call 218-829-


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