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n. (alternative form of teepee English)


n. a native American tent; usually of conical shape [syn: tepee, teepee]


A tipi (also tepee or teepee) is a conical tent, traditionally made of animal skins upon wooden poles. A tipi is distinguished from other conical tents by the smoke flaps at the top of the structure. Historically, the tipi was designed and largely used by Indigenous people of the Plains in the Great Plains and Canadian Prairies of North America. Tipi lodges are still in use by these peoples, though now primarily for ceremonial purposes.

Tipis are stereotypically and incorrectly associated with all Native Americans in the United States and Aboriginal people in Canada, despite their usage being unique to the peoples of the Plains. Native American tribes and First Nation band governments from other regions have used other types of dwellings. The tipi is durable, provides warmth and comfort in winter, is cool in the heat of summer, and is dry during heavy rains. Tipis can be disassembled and packed away quickly when people need to relocate and can be reconstructed quickly upon settling in a new area. Historically, this portability was important to Plains Indians with their at-times nomadic lifestyle.

Tipi (disambiguation)

Tipi (also tepee and teepee) is a dwelling used by North American Indians of the Great Plains.

Tipi, Tepee, Teepee or Tee pee may also refer to

  • The children's television series Tipi Tales
  • The children's book Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters
  • The Lone Teepee, a landmark along the Seventh Cavalry's march to the Battle of the Little Big Horn
  • Teepee Airport, Alberta, Canada
  • Tepee Buttes, a range in North Dakota
  • Teepee Creek, Alberta, Canada
  • Teepee burners, a type of wood waste burner
  • Tee Pee Records
  • The Tepee, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places

Usage examples of "tipi".

Lest Tipi report his interest to her mistress, Toriovico had locked the maid in the bathroom and had dropped a few jealous comments that would make her think that what he searched for was evidence that his wife had taken lovers.

FROM HER EXPLORATIONS during the night before, Melina was not at all pleased when Tipi shook her awake near mid-morning.

Melina said, settling herself into a chair behind her reading desk and motioning for Tipi to pour tea and then leave them in privacy.

Thinking of the handsome guard she had snuck past on her way out, Citrine thought she knew why Tipi had wanted an excuse to be in that part of the tower.

FEAR that Tipi would check on her, the girl slipped out of her room at the usual hour the next night.

Under no conditions should you create a fuss if Tipi cannot locate me for you.

And then he returned to his tipi to remember his vision with his dyes.

Sunflower left the tipi to gain permission from her husband for Merry and Christina to stay with them.

That also was nothing, an act some warriors performed when they wanted decorations for their tipi or their saddle.

Lame Beaver sped from the council tipi, leaped upon the pinto and dashed from the village, heading southward toward the river.

Then he stepped back and watched as Cottonwood Knee led Blue Leaf to a tipi set aside for this highest of ritual purposes.

Pawnee faced eight of Our People, and when it came time to counting coups it was agreed that Lame Beaver had gained one, because he had touched the Pawnee who held the gun, but that evening he lost whatever honor he had gained, for as he was helping Blue Leaf raise their tipi he heard an ominous rattle, close to his wife.

The travois, that primitive but functional invention for hauling goods, was constructed always from two poles used otherwise to support the tipi, and as they dragged for mile after mile across rough terrain, the large ends were gradually abraded until the poles were no longer of sufficient length to use in making the tipi.

They considered this a fair trade, for to Our People the tipi was the center of life.

Lame Beaver was forty-one years old and one of the wisest men of the tribe, he noticed with some dismay that the three key-poles of his tipi were so ground down at the butt ends that they no longer permitted the tipi to assume its lofty and dignified form.