Build Your Own Sioux Tipi- Complete Instructions With Materials List and Images

tipi at night

Tipi at night.

If you love camping and the outdoors but want something out of the ordinary with original flavor and authenticity, why not choose a tipi? Their usability and endurance has been proven by the nomadic tribes that used tipis for everyday living, as portable homes, for centuries. At the bottom of this post I’ve included both PDF and RTF documents of the instructions with images and materials lists which you are welcome to download.

But first a look at a few images.
Tipi camp at sunset.

Tipi camp at sunset.

Painted tipis on the prairie.

Painted tipis on the prairie.

Tipi poles at top of the tipi.

Tipi poles at top of the tipi.

Another tipi at night.

Another tipi at night.

Tipi by a lake

Tipi by the lake.

Trio of tipis at night

Trio of tipis at night.

Tipi with painted eagle flap cover.

Tipi with painted eagle flap cover.

Painted eagles tipi.

Painted eagles tipi.

Tipi village.

Tipi village.

Another tipi at night.

Another tipi at night.

How you choose to acquire your supplies for building one of these is of course up to you, but for ready to go ground coverings, poles, canvases and the like you can check out Nomadics Tipi Makers or Moab Outback.  I’ll try to save you a heart attack here with the warning that these beautiful structures don’t come cheap if you’re looking to find ready made.  Both sites though have multiple choices for supplies if you’re the do-it-yourself type, and if that’s the case I’m sure you’ll figure the most cost effective way to build.
I converted both of these files myself and they contain no viruses or bugs. If you have any trouble obtaining either of these, leave a comment to let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
Choose either PDF or RTF to download.

PDF-TIPI-CONSTRUCTION-INSTRUCTIONS-FOR-SETTING-UP-A-SIOUX-TIPI

RTF-TIPI-CONSTRUCTION-INSTRUCTIONS-FOR-SETTING-UP-A-SIOUX-TIPI

If you need further inspiration, here’s a poem I wrote about an experience I had involving a tipi.
Woodscraft by Diane J. Eckert
The teepee walls were closing in-
You said, “Let’s take a ride.”
So you drove, and I rode
to a spot in the woods
and we walked until we sat.
On a log straddled facing
you kissed me and asked,
“Just how liberal are you?”
So we stood and then strolled
to a space in the trees
where the pine needles softened the ground;
and we touched and undressed
made jokes about getting caught.
But all that was there
was your lust and my own,
the sun sifting through the leaves.
Just a short time we spent
but I felt gratified;
the ache of my thighs
and the ever so tiny scratches on my back.
You talked a little
of the land you might buy
and the cabin to be built there.
I laughed when you said
I could help build,
seeing as how we get along so well in the woods.

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