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Tipis and Teepees for Sale

Updated on March 4, 2011

Interesting Tipi Facts

A tipi (also teepee, or tepee) is a tent-like lodging made of animal skins or birch bark and used by American Indians of the Great Plains.

Native Americans from other places lived in different types of lodgings, such as the wigwam, a domed structure. Teepees and Wigwams were not identical and they should not be confused.

The term tipi is derived from the Lakota language and is made up of of two components: the verb "thí", meaning "to dwell", and the suffix "pi" in the end that puts the subject of the verb in plural, meaning "they dwell". Lakota verbs can also be used as nouns as in the case of tipi, which in general usage simply means "lodge".

Tipis of the Great Plains
Tipis of the Great Plains

Inside the Indian Tipi

Tipis, warm and durable in winter, dry during heavy rains, and cool abodes in the summer of sizzling heat, were easily assembled and disassembled when a tribe moved from one place to another. Considering the nomadic lifestyle of Great Plains Indians, this portability provided a great advantage over the wigwams of other Native American nations. 

Inside the Native American Tipi. Click to enlarge.
Inside the Native American Tipi. Click to enlarge.

People from historical re-enactors and back-to-the-land devotees to actual American Indian people attending powwows wishing to preserve and pass on their heritage and tradition to their descendants, use modern-day teepees covered with canvas as opposed to animal skins.

Building your Tipi

Inside the Tipi

  1. Smoke flaps were adjustable to retain heat or to ventilate.
  2. Wooden lodge pins were removed when the tipi was de-constructed before moving places.
  3. Four or five tipi poles created the basic framework of the teepee. Long poles were invaluable in places where tall, straight trees were scarce. These poles were used as the frame of the travois on long journeys.
  4. Quivers and arrows were striped with colored paint to indicate the owner.
  5. Medicine bags were special parfleches to contain sacred items, symbols of things observed in the owner's visions.
  6. Tipi lining, or brightly painted extra layers of animal skin.
  7. Parfleches served as closets and drawers for the residents.
  8. Buffalo skin bedding was rolled up and put aside during the day.
  9. Alters were for burning sweet grass or other incense in tribal ceremonies.
  10. Wooden bows, made of twisted vegetable fiber or sinew rawhide, were given shape by heating and bending bowstrings.
  11. Battle shields were depicted with images from visions to offer spiritual protection. Ornately decorated ones were held sacred and could not be worn in battle for fear of endangering the bearer by revealing to his status.
  12. The backrest was a kind of simply light-weight chair.
  13. Cradle board to keep the fur-wrapped baby comfortable and safe.
  14. The women's sewing bag used to contain sinew thread, grasses, quills, beads, small bones, paints and ermine tails.
  15. Buffalo-paunch cooking pot to hold the day's soup of wild onions, turnips and buffalo meat.

Dexton Great Plains 12' Teepee for Sale

Dexton Great Plains 12' Teepees for Sale

This authentic Dexton Great Plains 12' cotton canvas is wade of water repellant and fire resistant material and is ideal for kids' pretend play.

The tent is easy to set up, and is perfectly suited for indoor or outdoor use.

Authentic native designs are included to decorate the tipi with. Alternately, you can allow the kids some space for creativity and let them decorate the teepee with oil or water based paints.

The product is in complience with US Toy Safety Standards .

12' Cotton Canvas Teepee for Sale

A perfect accommodation for up to 4 adults or a slumber party of kids, this 12' canvas teepee, made of fire-retardant cotton canvas with sturdy wooden poles, is a fun way to relive a part of native American history with your family or friends.

  • Easy set up and entry through a double-flap door.
  • Customizable with acrylic paints.
  • Authentic looks for a dramatic play landscape.
  • Inside of teepee measures 9'h x 10'd.
  • Weight 33 lbs. (Age 4+)

Dexton Eco 6' Teepee for Kids

Dexton Eco 6' Teepee for Sale

Vividly decorated with natural colors, the Dexton 6' Eco Teepee is a healthy environment for your kids enjoyment. They appreciate lively colors more than adults do and a colorful setting is vital for their healthy development.

This native American style tipi is made of durable cotton canvas materials and is in compliance with US Toy Safety Standards. It's dimensions on the outside are 6'H x 4.8'W.

Four-pane tipi for easy setup. Ideal for inside as well as outside fun. 

Giant Teepee for Sale

The winner of the price contest, this giant spacious teepee is the perfect economic solution when it comes to bringing home some fun for the kids.

The tipi is 8'H x 5'L x 5'W allowing your little ones' imagination to roam free in the fantasy world of the Indians.

Its walls are made of bright polyester with exciting designs. Entry is made easy by the tie back dual zippered front doors as well as a tunnel hole with a roll away flap.

Ideal for both indoors and outdoors play. 

Tipi-play in the backyard.
Tipi-play in the backyard.


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    • Blackspaniel1 profile image

      Blackspaniel1 3 years ago

      I had no idea wigwams and tipis differed.

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      windbreather 5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii


      First of all I love teepees, kinda biased being Apache thought my Nation were more raiders then other Plains Indians. Aren't they rather heavy and difficult to transport and transport? Being seventy I want ease and comfort now when going out in the wild. All I want to do is press a button and up "she goes" .

      Still its great to see the interest in maintaining tradition and old ways.


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      Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

      Yeah. Works every time. You slap up a member of the neighbor tribe and then you have to smoke the peace pipe. You will never be crafty if you always just buy. Try your hand, who knows, maybe you are the next... very crafty person in your neighborhood. :)

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Heheh the old peace pipe, right? Quick! Close the flap the smokes getting out! Seriously though we have a huge yard so this would be fun to have. I'm not very crafty so buying may be my best way to go.

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      Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

      You are right, building one is much more fun than buying one. Maybe when the kids are bigger you can do this together. :) And the smoke weed inside. jk

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      I wouldn't buy a teepee but now I want to build one! I didn't realize how functional they were yet portable. A slight alteration made the teepee cooler, warmer, or dyer. And I like the arrows to signify the owners, like my ancestors and their family crests.