Silver peace pipe, 1814
General William Henry Harrison presented this peace pipe to the Delaware Indians in recognition of their agreement to fight for the United States against Great Britain during the War of 1812. Many objects in the Smithsonian's collections reflect the military and political alliances forged between Native American tribes and the U.S. government during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This pipe, now in the National Museum of Natural History, came to the Smithsonian in 1931 as part of a large bequest from Victor J. Evans Jr., a collector of Indian relics.
Native American History, War of 1812