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The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use, 2nd Edition

When the first edition of this book was published in 1957, the art of making a tipi was almost lost, even among American Indians. Since that time a tremendous resurgence of interest in the Indian way of life has occurred, resurgence due in part, at least, to the Laubins’ life-long efforts at preservation and interpretation of Indian culture.

As The Indian Tipi makes obvious, the American Indian is both a practical person and a natural artist. Indian inventions are commonly both serviceable and beautiful. Other tents are hard to pitch, hot in summer, cold in winter, poorly lighted, unventilated, easily blown down, and ugly to boot. The conical tipi of the Plains Indian has none of these faults. It can be pitched by one person. It is roomy, well ventilated at all times, cool in summer, well lighted, proof against high winds and heavy downpours, and, with its cheerful fire inside, snug in the severest winter weather. Moreover, its tilted cone, trim smoke flaps, and crown of poles, presenting a different silhouette from every angle, form a shapely, stately dwelling even without decoration.

In this new edition the Laubins have retained all the invaluable aspects of the first edition, and have added a tremendous amount of new material on day-to-day living in the tipi: the section on Indian cooking has been expanded to include a large number and range of Indian foods and recipes, as well as methods of cooking over an open fire, with a reflector oven, and with a ground oven; there are new sections on making buckskin, making moccasins, and making cradle boards; there is a whole new section on child care and general household hints. Shoshoni, Cree, and Assiniboine designs have been added to the long list of tribal tipi types discussed.

This new edition is richly illustrated with color and black and white photographs, and drawings to aid in constructing and living in the tipi. It is written primarily for the interested amateur, and will appeal to anyone who likes camping, the out-of-doors, and American Indian lore.

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Anonymous says:

This is THE book about the Native American tipi. …

Anonymous says:

and furnishing of tipis are all covered in a thorough manner and the diagrams are clear and easy to follow This book was purchased for my brother due to the fact that I have referred to my own copy time and again for over forty years. To me, this is the most informative book on construction, history, and etiquette of the tipi that I have ever read. The construction, setting up, and furnishing of tipis are all covered in a thorough manner and the diagrams are clear and easy to follow, the photos are wonderful, the history is fun to read. The Laubins include how-tos on tanning buckskin, Sioux cradles,…

Anonymous says:

The ultimate reference on Tipis When I was in Boy Scout our troop had a tipi for the adults to stay in and I remember being fascinated by it when I was a child. Now in my adulthood I became nostalgic for those days and decided I was going to get myself a tipi of my own. In my research I was seeking out a book to fill in the gaps of my knowledge (or faulty memory). Every where I looked and everyone I talked to pointed back to this book. So I bought it.And I’ve not been disappointed. There is so much of value…

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