The Nomadic Blackfoot
Setting up the Tipi
How They Were Made
The tipis were usually made of deerskin, buffalo, antelope, or moose hides. When
buffalo were used, they used about 12-20 hides. Each tipi had four
long pine poles joined together at the top with animal
leather. More poles were then added and then covered with the huge animal
skin. Each tipi had flaps that could be opened when cooking or during
warm weather. Two large poles would be attached to the flaps so that they
could open and close the flaps easily.
Designs and Legends
The Museum of the Rockies, in Bozeman, Montana, created a
website showing pictures of tipi designs and the legends that tell why each
design was created.
Click below to see this site.
Traditional Design Patterns
There were seven traditional designs. There was the
Big Rock design, the Black Buffalo, the Buffalo Head design, the Crow Design,
the Snake design, the Winter design, and the Yellow Buffalo design.
Click on the website below to see some pictures of these
traditional Blackfoot Nation tipi designs.