The decor of a tepee


It pays to pay a little attention to the interior design in a tepee. The original Native American décor is well thought out and gives a clue as to how best to stay or stay in the tepee.

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Under basic facility we understand sitting and lying opportunity. The Indians made so-called "backrests" from willow or hazelnut rods. On them you could sleep, sit and work. The easiest way to set up a bivouac was to cover the tent with enough bison skins. As a rule, we do not have that option today. If you like it as authentically as possible, you can create a bed of twigs (as shown below).


For the storage of objects, the Indians used so-called "parfleschen". A kind of suitcase made of raw, painted animal skins. In it, the Indians kept clothes, tools and food. For smaller things a variety of bags and sacks were used, which were hung on the rods.

"For the practical life in the tepee, it is good to organize all things as systematically as possible."
Source: Laubin


The back area of ​​the tepee was called "Chatka". There were the religious and sacred objects. The food and the household goods were accommodated on the south side. Firewood and weapons were at hand at the entrance.

A new abode was inaugurated by the Indians, and gifts were made for the new Tipi owner. The medicine men prayed for success, happiness and a long life of the owner. After the inauguration, the tepee could be set up as a living space and was now protected by mischief and storms.


First, put a frame that is 100cm wide and 180-200cm long as needed. This frame is made of small smooth bars about 10-12cm thick, We secure the ends with small plugs in the floor so that the construction does not shift. The interior is filled with shredded green spruce or fir branches until a layer about 20cm thick is created. Straw or hay can also be used for landfill. In this variant, however, the contents must be replaced regularly, because straw and hay decompose faster with the moisture. Subsequently, dThis layer is covered with a strong cloth. Any blankets or skins are laid over it until a comfortable surface is created. In order to achieve a good insulation, it is better to put more blankets under the body than above.

Who wants to save the trouble of a self-made bed, can also use wood pallet and mats. For reasons of space, a thick layer of wood chips (without bark) is suitable for a bulk warehouse. The wood chips insulate very well and provide a pleasant mattress surface with a thin mat. To spend the night in nature, the North Indians also used a kind of sleeping bags. In the prairie, they wrapped themselves in skins and blankets.



The "backrests" consist of pencil-thick wicker or hazel rods, which are tied together with cords to a mat of 150cm length. Above is the mat 60cm wide and below 90cm. If you like, you can paint the rods in different colors to create horizontal stripes or decorate them with fringes.

For the support you need 3 poles of 120-150cm length, which are tied together to form a tripod. The tripod is the same construction as a tipi tripod. The mat is hung with the narrower part up in the tripod. The wide part of the mat serves as a seat and rests on two transverse roundwoods. The "backrests" are very comfortable and authentic. Covered with skins, they become a real armchair.


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