Until the mid 1800s nomadic North American bands, who hunted bison on the plains, lived in tipis made from wooden poles and bison hides. As the bands followed migrations of bison, they took their homes with them. Teams of dogs or horses carried their tipis and possessions.

They decorated their tipis with quill work – traditional designs passed from one generation to the next and arranged them in circles, facing East toward the rising sun. Smoke from inside fires escaped through open chimney like flaps in the bison hide covering.

This is a two piece project The tipi fits over the base. Lift the tipi up to see what is inside – a fire, animal skins, cooking pots, baskets etc. Add detail to the tipi such as the door, a flap to let out the smoke, and decorate with traditional family designs.

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