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American Indians of ND: Tipi Experiment

Tipi Experiment

Tipi comes from two words: “ti” means to dwell and “pi” means used for. The number of poles for a tipi varied, although the average was about fifteen. These poles were around twenty feet long and weighed fifteen to twenty pounds. Tipis were set up in a “C” shape with the opening facing east.

  1. Have students take fifteen straws and tie them together so they stand up in a cone shape. Have them describe what happens.
  2. Then, have students take three or four straws and tie them together so they stand up in a cone shape.
  3. Have them describe what happens. Have the students discuss the following question: Which way was easier? Have them explain their choices.