The Way of the Sacred Pipe by Jim Tree – A Book Review

The Way of the Sacred Pipe book coverPart of finding one’s authentic voice is developing an authentic spirituality, in whatever form is true for each of us, which sustains us in our lives and allows us to fully develop the gifts we have brought with us to the Earthwalk. In The Way of the Sacred Pipe, Jim Tree shares his open and inviting story of creating, honoring, and performing ceremony with Native American Sacred Pipes.

For anyone interested in Native American spirituality, this is a book to read and add to your collection. Beyond that, Jim’s story reminds us of important elements of spiritual practice in general—building a personal relationship with Spirit; living in a respectful, honoring, and compassionate way; listening; respecting the practices of our tradition and individual teachings; and being flexible enough to change with the changing needs of the people and the Earth.

In simple and honest language, Jim takes us through the proper care and use of the Native American Sacred Pipe. He speaks from the experience of his Cherokee heritage as well as elements of his personal practice which he has learned from the Anishinobie (Chippewa), Lakota, Apache, and others. His book is unique in its focus on the living Pipe—the Pipe as the living body of the Spirit who has come to assist us in our walk, and all that means. As you wend your way through the details of the history, handling, and honoring of the Native American Pipe, your mind will simply absorb, like a sponge, an understanding of Native American ways and the power that is carried, even today, by the Sacred and Ceremonial Pipes.

Jim offers this book in recognition of the “Age of the Pipe” in bringing together people of all races, and the growing use of the Sacred Pipe outside of Native American culture. He invites us to understand the true meaning of the Pipe, to respect its power, and to discover whether it is our own calling as well as his.

James Medicine Tree is a voting Council member and spiritual advisor for the “Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipe Makers” and serves on the advisory board for the E.T. Seton Institute (Black Wolf). Jim is also a well-known stone sculptor and Pipe carver. He is responsible for the care of the United Nations Turtle Pipe, created and presented to the UN in 1978 by Adam Fortunate Eagle. For more information, or to order the book, go to or contact Jim at


One thought on “The Way of the Sacred Pipe by Jim Tree – A Book Review

  1. I was give the sacred pipe after I retired from army Joint Special Operations Command. He was Lakota native. Told me I had earned it by the way I conducted myself in combat. I read the book The Sacred pipe by Joseph Epps Brown. I have order your book to answers more questions I still have. I do know I am just the keeper, I keep it in a seder box with my eagle feather also in Seder box. I am truly looking forward to reading your book.

    Thank You
    Michael T. Lohe

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