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WEEKEND DIY FOR DANNY SEO – TEEPEE II

When we were researching for Danny Seo's teepee, we came across this website. It is a sweet little site called Shelter Online which featured a book titled "Plains Indian Tepee", pages 119-126 from the book Wildwood Wisdom.

PLAINS INDIAN TEEPEE

The teepee of the Plains Indians is a fine dwelling, where poles are available and a permanent camp is in order. It is a roomy structure in which a fire may be built, and is comfortable in extremes of heat or cold. The pattern of the tepee is cut in the shape of a halfcircle, twice as long as it is wide, with 2 smoke flaps near the center of the pattern. Fifteen by 30 feet is a good size. If the teepee is smaller, it is difficult to keep it free of smoke.

Little pockets are made of three-cornered pieces of canvas and sewed to the tips of the smoke flaps.

A rope is hemmed around the circular base, and rope loops for pegging down the tepee are equally spaced around it.

Only a small fire is needed to warm a tepee. Usually a small fireplace is made a bit back from the center of the lodge, a shallow hole about 15 inches in diameter lined with stones. The walls reflect the heat, and it is surprising how quickly a small stick fire heats the interior. Use only good dry wood that burns with a clear flame. Any smoke within will serve as an incense and keep the mosquitoes away.
© 1945 The Macmillan Company, Reprinted 1992 by Shelter Publications, Inc.

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