Here is an interesting article on the historical (and spiritual) significance of tobacco in the Americas that I'd like to share. Tobacco has a long and rich history in Native America, so it seems appropriate on this Thanksgiving day to take a few moments to reflect upon our history through the eyes of a people that were here long before we had a Thanksgiving.
In Woodland Indian rituals, ceremonies, and religious observances, tobacco is the unifying thread of communication between humans and the spiritual powers. The manidog (spirits) are said to be extremely fond of tobacco and that the only way they could get it was from the Indians, either by smoke from a pipe or by offerings of dry tobacco. According to tradition, the Indians received tobacco as a gift from Wenebojo who had taken it from a mountain giant and then given the seed to his brothers.
Ceremonial Use of Tobacco - Indian Country Wisconsin