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    In the minds of those who hold that the Mound-Builders were the ancestors of the present Indians, or, at least, that they were not necessarily of a different race, the superiority of their pipe sculpture over their other works of art excites no surprise, since, however prominent a place the pipe may have held in the affections of the Mound-Builders, it is certain that it has been an object of no less esteem and reverence among the Indians of history. Certainly no one institution, for so it may be called, was more firmly fixed by long usage among the North American Indians, or more characteristic of them, than the  pipe, with all its varied uses and significance.

    What is the main idea conveyed by the passage?

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    1. The importance accorded to the pipe by the mound-builders is an evidence to support the assertion that they were ancestors of the Indians.
    2. The pipe has been the most important object and symbol among Indians and their ancestors.
    3. The mound-builders were the ancestors of the Indians or at least belonged to the same race is proven by the sculptures of pipe that have been found.
    4. Insignificant objects like the pipe can sometimes link civilizations that have lived ages apart.
    5. The superiority of the pipe sculpture of the mound-builders over their other works of art excites no surprise as the pipe was accorded a very important place in their culture.
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