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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The Indian Tipi - Tipi 101 - #TidbitThursday


Welcome back to our weekly Historical Tidbit Blog Column!

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A little history on the word "tipi". Its formed from the Sioux word "ti" meaning "to dwell or live" and the word "pi" meaning "used for". Together, "tipi" means the place used to live in.
Upon closer inspection, you will notice tipis are not flat cones but are actually tilted with the back a little steeper. This anchors it a little more sturdily against winds, even very strong winds.
There were two main styles of tipis used by Plains Indians - a three-pole style or a four-pole style. Basically, the foundation was created with the three or four long poles and then additional poles were added around building a frame upon which to attach the cover and linings. Kiowas, Sioux and Cheyenne tribes preferred the 3-pole style while Crows, Blackfeet and Comanches preferred the 4-pole style.

Picture Credits: http://www.tipi.com/tipi-gallery/

"The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use" by Reginald and Gladys Laubin

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