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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The Indian Tipi - Tipi 102 - #TidbitThursday


Welcome back to our weekly Historical Tidbit Blog Column!

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The average family tipi was 18 to 20 feet in diameter utilizing 21 to 25 foot long poles. Smaller lodges used for hunting and other purposes would be 12 feet in diameter utilizing 15 foot long poles. A council lodge would be 30 feet in diameter and contained almost nothing since it was used for meetings.
Framework poles were usually made of pine or fir (strong, flexible and lightweight).
Tipis that were 12 feet in diameter used about 10 buffalo hides to cover it. Tipis that were 16 feet in diameter used about 14 hides to cover it. Poles extended 4-6 feet beyond the cover.
Tipi covers were semicircular shaped with long lapels near the middle of the straight edge.

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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