Monday, July 16, 2007

Tipis Get A Modern Makeover

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You don’t have to dance with wolves to enjoy sleeping in a tipi.

That’s the word from Linda Holley, author of Tipis, Tepees, Teepees: History and Design of the Cloth Tipi (Gibbs Smith), who says that tipis – traditional Native American temporary dwellings – are making a strong, durable comeback.

Holley says, “Everyone uses tipis, from Native Americans and pow-wow groups to boy scouts and campers. It’s not just mother-earthers and crystal people.”

To collect her lodging info, Holley checked out tipis across North America, and found that not every tipi fit the basic mold from Hollywood movies like Dances With Wolves.

Holley says new tipis can be made with synthetic material to protect tipi dwellers from mother nature’s wear and tear.

Still have reservations about setting up the stakes?

Holley says many people live in permanent tipis, which include modern amenities like concrete floors, beds, stoves, and even fireplaces.

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