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Altar - A term meaning in its broadest sense a place sacrifices where made or offerings laid, or around which some other act of worship was performed.  Some Indian altars were of the simplest nature, being an excavation in the earth, a pile of rocks, a fire, or perhaps merely a buffalo skull.  Others were more like the altars of civilized people.  Some tribes had altar shrines near springs, rivers, caves, rocks, or certain trees.  The term altar was also applied to the pipe bowl of the calumet.

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