From Pipes, Artisans and Trademarks, by José Manuel Lopes
Hilman Tobey is a Native American artisan who lives on the Reno-Sparks Indian colony in Nevada. A graduate of the Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Hilman has been making replicas of medicine pipes for over 30 years in noble woods, minerals, and other materials.
He takes part in the annyal Sundance ceremonies on the Pineridge reservation in South Dakota. His pipes are sold by Native Spirits, which represents artists producing Native American cultural objects.
Video on Vimeo feature Tobey: Nevada Stories: Pipemakers of the Great Basin
From the Vimeo introduction: Hilman Tobey, a Northern Paiute living at Reno Sparks Indian Colony, makes stone-bowled pipes for use in traditional ceremonies. This short film captures master artist Tobey teaching pipe-making skills to apprentice Norman Zuniga under the auspices of a Nevada Arts Council Folklife Apprenticeship Grant. Mr. Tobey, who just celebrated his 100th birthday, talks about the materials and tools used to make pipes as well as the origins and uses of ceremonial pipes in prayer. Filmed by Gabe Lopez Shaw for the Folklife Program of the Nevada Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.