Who wants to stay in a Tipi? And what is that exactly?
A tipi (also tepee and teepee) is a Lakota name for a conical tent traditionally made of animal skins and wooden poles used by the nomadic tribes and sedentary tribal dwellers (when hunting) of the Great Plains. Tipis are stereotypically associated with Native Americans in general but Native Americans from places other than the Great Plains mostly used different types of dwellings. The term “wigwam” (a domed structure) is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to a tipi.
The tipi was durable, provided warmth and comfort in winter, was dry during heavy rains, and was cool in the heat of summer. Tipis could be disassembled and packed away quickly when a tribe decided to move and could be reconstructed quickly when the tribe settled in a new area. This portability was important to Plains Indians with their nomadic lifestyle.
Modern tipi covers are usually made of canvas. Contemporary users of tipis include historical reenactors, back-to-the-land devotees, and Native American families attending powwows or encampments who wish to preserve and pass on a part of their heritage and tradition.
The word “tipi” comes into English from the Lakota language; the word thípi [ˈtʰipi] consists of two elements: the verb thí, meaning “to dwell”, and a pluralising enclitic (a suffix-like ending that marks the subject of the verb as plural), pi, and means “they dwell”. Lakota verbs can be used as nouns and this is the case with thípi, which in practice just means “dwelling”.
Browning, Montana sits an elevation of 4,375 feet in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Northwestern Montana. The town is 13 miles east of what the Blackfeet call the “Backbone of the World”, the magnificent Rockies and this includes Glacier National Park, the “Crown of the Continent”, which shares a border with Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta, Canada.
Browning is the largest community on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The 1.5-million acre Reservation includes most of Glacier County and is home to about 8,600 members of the Blackfeet Nation, the largest tribe in Montana. The Town of Browning is the hub of the Blackfeet Reservation and the home of several tribal offices and businesses and is connected to the world by two major highways, U.S. 2 and U.S. 89. Major uses of the land include ranching and farming, with the principle crops being wheat, barley and hay. Blackfeet Country is the last encampment of a proud and mighty people often referred to as “The Lords of the Great Plains”.
Browning and the outlying communities are well known for the limitless assortment of opportunities they offer to outdoor recreationalists. Hunting and fishing compete with golf, camping, hiking, rodeos, and two annual native celebrations during the summer and fall seasons; snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing dominate the winter months. There are eight major lakes and 175 miles of fishing streams; Blackfeet Tribal permits are required on Reservation lands and local outfitter/guides are available.
The Piegan Blackfeet (Aamsskáápipikani (Southern Piikáni/Peigan) or simply as Piikáni in Blackfoot) are a tribe of Native Americans of the Algonquian language family based in Montana, having lived in this area since around 6,500 BC. Many members of the tribe live as part of the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana, with population centered in Browning. According to the 1990 US census, there are 32,234 Blackfeet. Three other tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy are First Nations located in Alberta, Canada.
Lodgepole Gallery, tucked in the breathtaking foothills of the Rocky Mountains bordering Glacier National Park, near Browning, Montana is a place of gathering for those from all over the world for an authentic venture into the life of the Blackfeet Indian. Lodgepole Gallery and Tipi Village is located on two hundred acres of pristine prairie with a spring-fed lake 2.5 miles west of Browning, Montana on Hwy 89 and just a few short miles east of Glacier National Park
They provide firewood for your campfire in the tipi and for the big communal fire in the arbor. The tipi camp arbor is a wooden wind shelter built in the form of a traditional Blackfeet ceremonial lodge. In both the Blackfeet ceremonial lodge and at Crow’s Nest (Guest Lounge and Dining Room) you can meet and socialize with other guests camping at the tipi village or with local Blackfoot artists. A shower house, just up the hill from the tipi camp, is part of our guest facilities. Decorated in Blackfeet style, all the guest facilities take part in providing you with an experience full of Native American culture.
Blackfeet tipis provide dry warmth. The tipi retains airflow and let’s in outdoor acoustics of the natural environment so you will be able to hear crickets at night, under star-lit Montana skies. Sometimes you can even hear coyotes howl! You will delight in the comfort of the tipi which evolved over millennia. Blackfeet tipis have traditional liners which forms double walls. This provides ventilation and keeps the inside of the tipi pleasantly cool during the summer months when it can be hot and dry in the shadow of Glacier National Park.
Local activities include: horseback riding, fishing, art workshops, tours, culture talks and lectures.
PO Box 1832 Browning, MT 59417
Tel.: (406) 338-2787 Fax: (406) 338-2778 email http://www.blackfeetculturecamp.com/native-american-culture-contact-us.html
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Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.