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You Wanted to Know: Do Indians Live in Teepees?
The excerpts we use from the book are published here with permission. Not usually. Europeans do not usually live in straw huts or ride horses as their primary means of transportation. And Indians do not usually live in historic dwellings or travel by foot, dogsled, or horse. Our staff often hears questions similar to the above: Do you still wear buckskins?
A tepee tipi, teepee is a Plains Indian home. It is made of buffalo hide fastened around very long wooden poles, designed in a cone shape. Tepees were warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Some were quite large. They could hold 30 or 40 people comfortably. Tepee Poles: The foot poles were sometimes hard to find.
Native American society is known for many things: its culture, art, and handicrafts chief among them. But perhaps the most iconic symbol of these societies is the teepee tepee, tipi. This conical tent has been used as a shelter for over two millennia. Contrary to popular belief, not all Native American societies lived in teepees. They were used only by the Native Americans of the Great Plains, such as the Lipan Apache, the Comanche, and the Kiowa who had a nomadic lifestyle, following migrating herds of buffalo that ranged from Canada to Texas. Designed to suit the nomadic lifestyle of the Plains Indians, these easily adaptable, portable, and durable dwellings enabled a more intensive and specialized use of the broad expanse of land, covered mostly in unforested and rolling grassland. The buffalo hunters of the Eastern Plains used them seasonally, whereas those living in the Western Plains used them all year round.
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When you hear the words, "Indian," or "Native American," you probably think of tipis. But, as a matter of fact, most Indians did not live in tipis. Plains Indians groups moved across the Great Plains following migrating herds of buffalo that ranged from Canada to Texas. Plains Indians used the buffalo for many purposes, including buffalo hide coverings for their tipi homes. Dozens of long wooden poles formed the cone shape of the tipi. Many large buffalo hides, sewn together, were draped across the poles to form an enclosed tent.
A tipi also teepee or tepee  is a tent, traditionally made of animal skins upon wooden poles. Modern tipis usually have a canvas covering. They are still in use in these communities, though now primarily for ceremonial purposes rather than daily living. Tipis are often stereotypically and incorrectly associated with all Native Americans in the United States and indigenous peoples in Canada ; their use, instead, is generally confined to the native peoples of the West. The word tipi comes into English from the Lakota language.