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You Say Teepee, I Say Tipi

Updated on August 17, 2013

Straight From the Inner Sanctum of Tipi's Teepee, Where the Squid Likes are Made

Glancing through this page, you may think that it is a page about Teepees or Tipis. In part, that is true. This page is dedicated to Squidoo Squid Master Susie Lehto, otherwise known as "Tipi" on Squidoo.

Many of us have been blessed by Tipi's generosity and if you haven't seen her work, she is one of the premier Lens Masters on the site. You can visit her at this link.

Susie Lehto is Tipi and Her Tremendous Teepees are Located Here!

If you ever doubt how successful you can be on Squidoo, just ask her. She actually makes a living doing this stuff. While I started Squidoo in thoughts that I would, I have a long way to go in comparison.

She spends much more than full time on here and it shows. Her kindness and generosity are clearly shown to others. A true blessing in this world. If you doubt any of this, send her a message or just "Squid Like" one of her lenses. You will be bestowed with thanks and she usually reciprocates every message and like that she is given.

I hope she likes this site. It is a mixture of some fun stuff as well as some interesting original photos of Teepees, something I thought she would like.

Enjoy and please visit her and I would also appreciate a comment or two. If you have anything to add, email me and I will do so!

Thanks for visiting!

Creative Commons Photo Credit

Teepee, Tipi or Tepee?

I found that it doesn't really matter

Growing up, I had a fascination of the Native American culture. My love first began when I was hunting in Central Ohio. I was walking throuhg a cornfield and looked down to find an arrowhead (later learned it was a spearhead). I was fascinated and from that point on, wanted to know all about the culture that they originated from. While the prehistoric Native Americans may have been much earlier than depictions we see today and their lives were much different, it was a fascinating and interesting culture to me.

My father wanted me to be a mechanic, like him. My mother told me to pursue my dreams. I chose to listen to my mother and went to college, receiving a degree in Anthropology with a gear towards Archaeology. I loved it but soon found out that unless you wanted to travel to do it and move frequently, it was difficult to remain employed or have a sure income. During the time that I was in school and afterwards, I actually participated in several digs, wrote papers and even got published a few times. I will write more about those in others lenses.

I ended up pursuing other career fields and finally retired from Juvenile Corrections, another fulfilling but not particularly monetary wealth pursuit.

On Squidoo, I have frequented the pages of others with the same interests, that's where I ran into Tipi. She also had a fascination and even has a Buffalo skull in her house (or so she says!). When I first saw her spelling of "Tipi", I thought she had made a spelling error. I have known the constructions to be called "Teepee." To my surprise, she was correct and it can also be spelled "Tepee." The name originated from the Lakota tribe. Tipi had taught me something that I will now never forget.

I was also fascinated by her other sites which include spelunking, something I did in my Archaeological pursuits. Caves and rockshelters have always fascinated me also.

To make a long story short, she has taught me a lot and she will teach you also. Who exactly is "Tipi?" I will speculate a little in a fun way below.

Have some fun and visit her. She will tell you the stories in her lenses that Grandparents tell their children when sitting on their laps.

Enjoy a look at Tipi, Susie Lehto!

Teepee Soundtrack For Your Visit - Very Interesting!

Constructing a D'Un Teepee - ca 1904

D'un Teepee
D'un Teepee

What Does Tipi Really Look Like? - We can only imagine...


We have seen her in the Teepee, back in the distance. All we can really tell is that she has bare feet. Must be warm in the Teepee.

Teepee at the Rose Bud Agency - South Dakota - Ca 1877

South Dakota Teepee
South Dakota Teepee

The Song of Hiawatha, Well Sort Of...

See if you can find Tipi's Lens Links in the lyrics!

By the shores of Big Bald Eagles,

By the shining town of Fargo,

Stood the Teepee of Tipi,

Daughter of the Lehto family.

Dark behind Dakota Flooding,

Rose the coolest Woodstock Feng Shui,

Mosquito Netting falls upon them;

Bright before it North Dakota,

Beat the clear and sunny water beads,

Beat the shining Covered Wagon,

There the wrinkled, Lady Gaga,

Nursed the little Kevin Skinner,

Rocked him in his polyhedra cradle,

Bedded soft in Butterfly Larvae,

Safely bound in face first Fargo;

Stilled his fretful wail by coloring,

"Hush! The Naked Unicorn will get thee!"

Lulled with musical birthday cake, singing,

"Ewa-yea! my little owlet!"

Pretty Bird Night Light lights the wigwam,

With his great eyes lights the teepees?

"Ewa-yea! my little meadowlark"

Many things Kabetogama taught him

Of the angels that shine in heaven;

Showed the broad, yellow brick road in heaven,

Pathway of the orbs, the shadows,

Fresh air blown across the heavens,

Crowded with the wolves, the shadows.

From the red deer's antler Nokomis

Made blue jeans for Hiawatha;

From the buffalo skull of Nokomis

Ate bananas in his honor.

All the village did pumpkin carving;

All the guests tattooed Hiawatha,

Called him Strong-Heart, Sole of UGG!

Called him rabbit, Peter Cottontail!

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Blackfoot Teepees - Alberta, Canada or Northern Montana - 1900

Blackfoot Teepees
Blackfoot Teepees

"Tipi, you have been a good friend. I have an armoire in my basement. If you want to pick it up, you're welcome to it. So, take it, it's yours.

The Soup Nazi

Teepees at the Base of Mount Jumbo - Missoula, Montana - Ca. 1800's

Teepees at Missoula Montana
Teepees at Missoula Montana

We Think Tipi is From Fargo - Not sure, but if not, she sure likes to write about it! Maybe this is her when she was eating for two?

Fargo: Special Edition
Fargo: Special Edition

How could I possibly do this dedication without highlighting this movie! Fargo was never this funny. Join Marge in her pursuit to save the frozen tundra from a bunch of thieves. Beware the wood chipper!


Woman and Child by Teepee - Montana - Ca. 1936

Woman and Child by Teepee
Woman and Child by Teepee

1562 Depiction of Timucua Teepee Village in Florida

1562 Florida Teepees
1562 Florida Teepees

Arizona Teepee

arizona teepee
arizona teepee

While at an Arizona outdoor museum, I spotted this teepee.

I dedicate this photo to Tipi!

Nez Perce Couple by Teepee - Spokane, Washington - Ca. 1900

Nez Perce Couple by Teeppee
Nez Perce Couple by Teeppee

More TeePee, OOPS, I meant TP! - That was a pretty crappy joke!


Indian Woman and Children in Front of Teepee - Ca. 1938

Indian Woman and Children in Front of Teepee
Indian Woman and Children in Front of Teepee

"If it weren't for Jenny, my boat would be named Tipi."

Forrest Gump

Informal Family Group Beside a Teepee - 1898-1902

Informal Family Group Beside a Teepee
Informal Family Group Beside a Teepee

Native American Chief Standing Beside Teepee - 1898 - 1902

Native American Chief Standing Beside Teepee
Native American Chief Standing Beside Teepee

" Sarah, you have no call to get tipi with me, I'm just doing my job here'"

Marge Gunderson (Outtake from Fargo)

Rabit and His Wife Sit In Front of Their Teepee - Pine, Point, Minnesota - 1937

Rabit and His Wife Sit in Front of Teepee
Rabit and His Wife Sit in Front of Teepee

"You said Tipi? I thought you said "Tipsey"

Foster Brooks (After having one too many)

Two Chiefs Three Women and Five Children in Front of a Teepee - 1898-1902

Family Group Ouside a Teepee
Family Group Ouside a Teepee

Indians Meeting by a Teepee- Oil painting by Cornelius Krieghoff - Ca. 1850

Cornelius Krieghoff 1850 Teepee Painting
Cornelius Krieghoff 1850 Teepee Painting

Karl Bodmer Watercolor Painting of Sioux Teepees - 1833

Karl Bodmer Watercolor Painting of Sioux Teepees - 1833
Karl Bodmer Watercolor Painting of Sioux Teepees - 1833

Please let me know what you think!

Tipi Tipi Tipi Guestbook - Say that three times really fast

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      I realise this is dated, but it was lovely to read your tribute to Tipi - she was certainly a very generous motivator.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I clicked several times on Tipi and it goes to the front page. Is Tipi no longer here? I will surely miss her.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      I admired Tipi's work so much but miss her. Where is she? Has she left Squidoo or been forced out?

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Oh what a wonderful tribute to Tipi. She really is a sweetie and I think that so very many of us have felt her kindness here at Squidoo. I enjoyed every moment on this article (even the TP part although that was indeed kind of crappy lol).

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      Chris-H LM 4 years ago

      Tipi is my favorite lensmaster. I've learned a lot from her and she certainly gives a tremendous amount to our community. I don't know how she does it!

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      You have created a great tribute to Ms Tipi. She has been way too nice to me, and I can't help but love her for it.


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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I LOVE Tipi.. and this is a GREAT lens about her, what she likes and who she is! Blessed!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Great tribute to the great Lensmaster Tipi!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a nice tribute to Tipi! I've been a part of Squidoo for about seven months and Tipi was an inspiration to me right from the start. She has contributed so much to the Squidoo community.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I mentioned Tipi in one of my pages for introducing to a new culture. Your lens is a mighty tribute-photos are awesome.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Tipi is a wonder! I wonder how she got here before me? I wonder when she sleeps? I wonder if Tipi ever does sleep? Yes, Tipi is a wonder and I appreciate her! Blessed.

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      gypsykitschpres 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I squid liked and tweeted it to my large following at Twitter!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Tipi is wonderful...definitely at the top of my list of favorites here at Squidoo! What a cute tribute to an amazing lensmaster! :)

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      What a great lens! If I were going to do a lens in tribute to someone I'd choose Tipi, too. Although I doubt I could come up with something as entertaining as this. Thanks tvyps!