||The conical shelter
known as wigwam has been used by the Eastern Woodland
Indians for millennia. The wigwam was a pole frame covered
with large sheets of birch bark. When tribes such as the Sioux,
Arapaho and Cheyenne moved to the Great Plains, they had to adapt their wigwam to a
new way of life. Birch bark was not longer available, it was
replaced by buffalo hides. Smoke flaps were also
added to keep winds from blowing into the tipi. The tipi was
a comfortable shelter. It could be taken down quickly, packed
onto a travois, and put up again elsewhere in no time.
The traditional tipi is not a true cone, it is tilted, leaning
back a little. Its floor plan is shaped much like an egg,
longer from back to entrance, shorter from side to side.
The location of fireplace is off-center, closer to the door,
leaving more useable space at the back of the lodge. There are several
known tipi styles, some are based on a 3-pole foundation, others have a
One last comment about the teepee! This is not like any other tents. Fact is, it is more like a sanctuary, a connection to Mother Earth, please treat your tipi accordingly!
|Hand Made, Well Made, Strong
- Made of premium 10.10 Oz cotton Marine Duck
- Factory pre-shrunken
- Water repellant and mildew-rot
- Flame retardant (CPAI-84)
- All stress areas are reinforced
- Main seams are double sewn
- Edges are hemmed to keep from
- Lacing pinholes are reinforced and
- Strong stake loops are standard
- Absolutely no grommets
Our teepee at Muskoka First Nation, ON
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|A Tipi Has 4 Components.
Choose each one separately to fit your needs
- A tipi cover, it comes in two styles and many sizes
- A liner, like a shorter wall inside the tipi, important but not alway necessary.
- Poles, stakes and pegs
- Artwork!. Not a component per say, but looks so
Shared Teepee Happiness
How to Order, Step by
Step 1 - Choose Your
Both teepee styles are based on tripod frames, however the Woodland
Teepee has shorter but higher smoke flaps while the smoke flaps
of our Grassland Teepee are longer and narrower.
Which One To Choose?
Their names say it well, the Grassland is a good choice for open
lands, it is also better for coastal areas.
The Woodland Teepee is better suited for wooded places, the
boreal forest, and the tundra.
|Step 2 - Choose A Tipi Cover
Our tipi cover also comes with its storage bag,
a traditional door cover, all needed ropes, a smudge stick, some ribbons to decorate
your poles, a CD with step-by-step instructions, and a booklet
about Native American Tipis.
Prices are in Canadian
||Free Gift with Tipi Purchase*
The Tipi, Portable Home of the Plains Indians
This saddle-stitched pamphlet provides a description of how different tribes made their now-iconic dwellings, how they used them historically,
why they were so important to the culture of the Plains tribes, and how people still use tipis today. Illustrations and photographs in this handy and concise booklet help you understand the refined simplicity of these structures. 16 pages.
|*Our welcome gift package also includes our instructional CD, sage for the smudging ceremony, and ribbons for your poles.
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Phone: (204) 762-5523
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