The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1989 - Social Science - 350 pages
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As "The Indian Tipi" makes obvious, Plains Indians are both practical people and natural artists. Their inventions are commonly both serviceable and beautiful.
 

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This is the official book to owning a tipi. If you buy a tipi and truly want to use it as a permanent home or as your tent. You must have this book to enjoy the most amazing structure you will ever sleep in. Especially in the winter. Read full review

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It's not that I really need a tent to sleep outdoors in the wintertime, but I thought about getting a(nother) tent.
I looked around. - Small tents,larger. Thinking.
I decided to make my own. Why
? - Because I want to have a fire inside it, and I want to be able to stand inside. A tent that you can't stand in? - Ha!
-A Yurt would be to big for my use. Should it be a Lavvu or a Tipi? Or a "Lapi"? Compenplating.
(A friend of mine mentioned an idea - "Lapi"(lavvu/tipi), but I don't think a combination like that is made yet, but who knows? I think I know how to. He recommended tipi before lavvu, and explained why.)
I've got a very simple taste; I am always pleased with the best!
As I see it, the difference between a luvvu and a tipi is like a Lada and a Lamborghini...
I ordered and finally got my own copy of the tipi-book by Gladys Laubin, bought what I needed and made it, mostly by hand, since our sewing machine is for kinder materials.
The result? I am pleased with my Cheyenne/Dakota design.
The only problem was to find out how the Ozan should look like, but that's all right now.
During the last five years or so, my tipi has travelled about one thousand kilometers. - Freezing cold winters under the glimmering stars - aurora borealis flashing and waving; blizzards that lay big trees flat to the ground - still cozy inside; hot summernights under the midnight sun, or - in the garden in front of the house.
This book is Very good! It's basically all you need for knowing how to make yourself a decent "tent". I recommend it.
- You know, a tipi is not a tent, it is a home!
 

Contents

FIGURES
8
Pattern for Sioux Tipi page
26
Making Smoke Flaps
30
a Optional Bases for Sioux Smoke Flaps
31
3ae Erecting the Sioux Tipi
38
f Eighteen Pole Sioux Tipi
39
Parts of the Sioux Tipi
47
Tipi Doors
52
Comparison of Three and FourPole Tipis
219
Tribal Smoke Flap Styles
220
The Crow Tipi
222
Pattern for Blackfoot Tipi
226
Erecting the Blackfoot Tipi
228
Foundation Plan of Yakima Tipi
230
Cree Tipi
231
A Play Sioux Tipi
235

Tipi Lining and Ozan
58
Lining Designs
62
Backrests
68
Parfleches
74
Sioux Boxes
75
Making Parfleche 7880
78
Rawhidemaking Tools
82
Dehairing a Hide
83
Steps in Making a Rawhide Bonnet Case
84
Sioux Moccasin Pattern
93
Decorating Sioux Moccasins
95
Fire By Friction 105107
105
Plan of Sitting Bulls Tipi
111
Grandma Yellowtail Carrying Dianne Medicine Crow
120
Pretty Shield Crow and Reginald Laubin with rare
127
Warriors Cup
128
a b Sioux Beaded Cradle 132133
132
Handling Smoke Flaps
135
Crow Woman Making Fry Bread
143
Stone Boiling
148
Cutting and Drying Jerky
150
Pretty Shield and Reginald Laubin making jerky
151
Reflector Oven Dingle Hook and Pot Hook and Lifter
170
The Laubin Tipi following page
174
Altar at Rear of Tipi
174
CheyenneArapaho Winter Camp
181
The Sweat Lodge
191
Distribution of the Tipi Map
203
Sioux Buffalo Hide Tipi
204
Parfleches following page
206
Shoshoni Setup
213
CheyenneArapaho Camp Scene
216
Elaborate Tipi Design
242
Ceremonial Tipi Designs with Pipes
244
Horsetails in Tipi Design
245
Cheyenne Tipi Design
246
Honor Feathers in Tipi Design
248
Mountains and a Rainbow
249
Bear Medicine Tipi
250
Black Elks Tipi
251
Simple Tipi Design
252
Eagle Feather and Bear Designs
253
Cheyenne Striped Design
254
Simple Tipi Designs
255
Cheyenne Tipi Decorations
259
Unusual Tipi Design
260
More Pipes in Tipi Designs
261
Cheyenne Asymmetric Design
262
Tipi Door Knocker
263
Sioux Boxes
266
Assiniboine Tipi Design
268
Assiniboine Design with Buffalo Heads
269
Assiniboine Design with Small Pictographs
270
Assiniboine Design
271
Assiniboine Design
272
Transportation
275
Blackfoot Travois
277
Pole Rack for Automobile
290
Bumper Socket for Pole Rack
291
Camp Circles
293
Camp Circles
296
Visitors
307
BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS
327
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About the author (1989)

Reginald and Gladys Laubin , his late wife, have devoted their personal and professional lives to the preservation and interpretation of American Indian dance and culture. They are recognized authorities on and performers of Indian dances and ceremonies. In 1972 for their contribution to dance they were presented the Capezio Dance Award, the first ethnic dancers to be honored with this highest award of the dance world. They were presented the Catlin Peace Pipe Award by Red Dawn, Sioux. They are the authors of The Indian Tipi: Its history, Construction, and Use and American Indian Archery , both published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Stanley Vestal is the pen name of Walter S. Campbell, who up grew up in Southern Cheyenne country. A graduate of Oxford University and longtime Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, he wrote many distinguished books on American Indians and the West, including "Sitting Bull, Champion of the Sioux".

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