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Tipi Camp: Virtual Tour

Tipis were the original homes of the Indigenous peoples of Saskatchewan. Join Theresa, our First Nations Program Specialist, as she tours the tipis in the First Nations Gallery. Learn how this versatile, portable structure was made by the women for their families. Tipis remain an important part of life for the Indigenous People of the Plains, with families putting up their canvas tipis for summer use in their backyards or at pow wows. (Length: 5:37)


Building a Tipi – Video Series

Beginning in 1989, the museum commissioned the construction of a traditional buffalo hide tipi for the First Nations Gallery.  It was a difficult search to find someone with the skills and knowledge to create a bison hide tipi.  Most modern tipis are made from canvas.  Miriam Thomas from Chitek Lake took up the challenge and each step of the construction was recorded on video.  Follow her and her family as she re-counts and re-discovers the lost art of creating the home of her ancestors.

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