Posted by Val Fox on September 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM
This tepee was set up recently outside our home in southern Alberta, Canada. It took four of us almost four hours to: raise 20 poles; secure the center poles with rope; tie the tepee to the last pole and raise it ; drape the tepee around the poles; drive stakes through the loops at the bottom; close the front with thin "pins" cut from sticks; attach the inside liners. Spacious and cozy.
Each time we raise a tepee we learn something new. It takes practice to do it properly. Strong winds in this areas can be a challenge. When people lived in structures similar to this 150 years ago it took organization and skill to put up or dismantle a village to follow the food or find shelter. Instead of canvas, the lodges were covered with buffalo robes. Today, there are differences in what order the poles are placed or the type of knots used, but what is most important is that it be done well to withstand the elements.
Tags: putting up a tepee; tipi; Kainai; Blackfoot,