Articles and Books
This is a list of books, articles, and newsletters
on ALL TYPES of tipi information. It ranges from how to build a tipi, what
goes in one, contemporary issues, historical material and anything else I can
find. If there is other information out there, let me know. We
can always update the site.
One of the most comprehensive and extensive books on the history of the
Indian cloth tipi since the Laubin 1957 book on tipis. The most complete
instructions on making a tipi from a 10 foot to 26 foot tipi are shown in detail
drawings on the liner, cover and doors. Also shown are the plans for making your
own interior rain cover. How the cloth tipi has changed in style, construction,
and set up over the last 150 years. Complete lists on tipi manufacturers around
the world, canvas suppliers, extensive bibliography, and how some today’s’ tipi
makers have made their own improvements on material and style.
This is the encyclopedia of tipis-tepees-teepees.
You can get it from
Amazon.com or from me. From me you get a signed book with a few
little corrections for $18.00 which will include shipping. Email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org . And,
there is a special extra CD which has all the original drawings/photos in
full color as they should have appeared and in large formant JPG, pictures that
were left out, and written material not in book. $20.00 extra.
- Buffalo Hide Tipi of the Sioux...Larry
Belitz - It's a reference manual on buffalo hide tipis and guide/how-to book.
Historians, hobbyists and buckskinners will appreciate the extensive
first-hand knowledge of the author and the numerous pictures. He has been
writing this for years and it is great to see it out. 91 pages, hardcover.
- Tipi Camps...by Peter
Durkin..."Whispering Wind Magazine" Vol. 28 No. 5/ 1997.
Or most any Whispering Wind Magazine has some tipi information.
- The Plains Indian Tipi, Build it and Move In...Mother
Earth News, Vol. 1, No. 1, January, 1970. Nice pictures and
information on building a tipi. You can build a tipi from the plans.
- The Cheyenne Women's Sewing Society...by
Winfield W. Coleman. Taken from the seminars at the Buffalo Bill
Museum in Cody, Wyoming. Wonderful article on Cheyenne covers and
decorations of the last 200 years. Before you decorate a Cheyenne
lodge, you need to read this.
- The Arapaho...by Kroeber.
Wonderful book on Arapaho life on the plains with many drawings and
information. Must have book for the historical researcher on tipis.
- Murals in the Round, Painted Tipis of the Kiowa and
Kiowa-Apache Indians...by John C. Ewers. Stock
number 047-003-00062-8, Smithsonian Institution 1978. Great book on
painted covers that were commissioned by Mooney. First tipi cover was
collected in 1891. His field notes are located at NAA Kiowa anthropological illustrations.
- Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village 1868...
Bringing it to
life in living color, smells and textures helps all people feel in touch with
- The Tipi: Traditional Native American Shelter
Published 2006...120 fascinating vintage photographs of
tipis and the North American cultures that created them - many from the 1880s
and 1890s. The text presents an in-depth look at the use of tipis from
historic sources. Interesting new book with new additions from his original
book on tipis.
- Miniature Tipis and James Mooney...by
Peter Durkin. "Whispering Wind Magazine" /Vol. 28 No. 2/
- Searching for clues in Kiowa Ledger Drawings...Combining
James Mooney's Fieldwork and The Barber Collection of the Cincinnati Art
Museum....by Ron McCoy. "American Indian Art magazine"
- Painted Tipis of the Kiowa and Kiowa-Apache Indians...Special
Edition. "Kiowa Indian News" Sept. 1980
Storm Maker's Tipi.....by Paul Goble.
ISBN 0-689-84137-X Great little book that covers the four
pole tipi. If you do not own a Goble book, you should get one.
They are highly illustrated and based a good information.
- The Tipi-A Center of Native American Life....by
David and Charlotte Yue. ISBN 0-394-86177-9 published
1984. A nice little book on the basics of tipis which cover the out
side and inside of a lodge.
- Denver Art Museum...Leaflet No.19,
April, 1931...The Plains Indian Tipi. Nice four page pamphlet on the
buffalo hide tipi.
- Painted Tipis by Contemporary Plains Indian Artists...exhibition
organized by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U.S. Dept. of the
interior. Lib. of Cong. Card Num. 73-89447, 1973. Contemporary as well as historical painted covers. Great picture of an
interior tipi and old time brush fence for outside windy cold weather.
- Women and Warriors of the Plains-The Pioneer Photography
of Julia E. Tuell...by Dan Aadland.
isbn0-87605-784-2 Turn of the century photos of Cheyenne lodges
and life. Some Sioux pictures.
- Domestic Architecture in the Comanche Village on
Medicine Creek, Indian Territory, Winter 1872-73.....By
Thomas W. Kavanagh. Article on Comanche tipis and village
life. Comes from the internet and is several pages of great research.
- Southwest Museum Leaflet....number
6..Painted Tipis and Picture-Writing of the Blackfoot Indians....by Walter
McClintock. Southwest Museum, Highland Park-Los Angeles,
California. Very informative little book on the decorations of
Blackfoot covers. Goes into designs and symbols of the
- Rawhide Tipi Doors...by Peter
Durkin....Whispering Wind Magazine.
- Tipi Tinklers...by Louis
Garcia...Whispering Wind Magazine..Vol30 no2/1999 Great article on the dangles
that are seen on many Sioux lodges. How too and historical
information. Highly recommend this information if you are making these
items. There will be more information on dangles located on the Dangle
page, to be set up later.
- The Four Winds Guide to Indian Artifacts...by
Preston E. Miller and Carolyn Corey. There are two books
on on how to buy Indian Art. Great information to those interested in
artifacts of all types. Buy this book. Also want to thank Carolyn and Preston
for letting me use pictures from their book.
- Women's Quilling Society...Time/Life
Indian series...Women on the Plains.
- The Indian Tipi "Castle of the Plains"....by
Earl Past.. "American Indian Crafts and Culture" February 1973,
Vol. 7 No. 2. Good pictures of historic insides of Arapaho lodges.
- "Indianishe Zeltbemalung" by EinfÜhrung
und Erläuterungen von Wolfgang de Bruyn
und Helmut Peterson ISBN3-7354-0031-0 Wonderful little book from German
showing painted tipis and designs. Many pictures of covers. It is
in German, but has an area of English. The title is about painting your
- Das Tipi
der Plainsindianer Margret Zalfen....ISBN
3-924696-43-8 Small book on how to make a tipi.
- Táboríme V Týpí..by
Jiri Macek a kol....ISBN80-900223-0-8
If anyone can read Czech, this is not a bad little book. It has some
great pictures and more references to camping.
- Southwest Museum Leaflets...number
5..The Blackfoot Tipi by Walter McClintock. Little booklet on Blackfoot
tipis and materials.
- The Sioux of the Rosebud, a History in Pictures...by
John A. Anderson. ISBN 0-8061-0953-X. Great book for turn of the
- The Crow Indians...by Robert H.
Lowie. Crow history with information on Crow tipis and life. Few
photographs, but good drawings. Originally published in 1935.
- The Tipi as an Element in the emergence of Historic
Plain Indian Nomadism....by Ted J. Brasser. Plains
Anthropologist..1982 27-98 Pt.1
- Crow Indian Photographer-the Work of Richard Throssel...by
Peggy Albright. Another good book showing traditional tipis and
- The Crows...by Fred E.
Miller. Photographer of the Crows. Has great pictures on tipis and
- Blackfeet Crafts....by Ewers. 1945
United States Department of the Interior. Has information on Blackfoot
covers and crafts. Good historical items and photos.
- Chief Washakie and an Eastern Shoshoni Camp...Photo
Analysis by Allen Chronister. Whispering Wind Magazine...Vol. 29/ No
- The Sioux...by Royal B. Hassrick.
ISBN0 0-8061-0607-7 first published in 1947. Written information
with good drawings of material culture. Great section on tipis and
- The Blackfeet-Artist of the Northern Plains...by
Bob Scriver. Large book on Blackfeet art work with a section
tipis. All in color with good background on tipi designs.
- Plains Indian History and Culture-essays on Continuity
and Change....by John C. Ewers.ISBN0-8061-2862-3
Some good information on culture with a some great information on
tipis, a few pages. These essays go into dress, men and women clothing,
daily life, and material culture.
TIPI: A Modern How-To Guide...By
Javier & Dyanne Fry Cortez....http://www.dospuertas.com/
- Mountaineers and Hide Lodges....by
Wes Housler..."Rendezvous" magazine, October/December 1997.
- Nez Perce Camp, Rawhide Tipis and Hats...by
Allen Chronister..."Whispering Wind Magazine" Vol. 29 No. 6/ 1998.
- The Hide Tipis...by Peter
Durkin..."Whispering Wind Magazine" Vol. 29 No. 1/ 1997.
- Black Feet Tipis...by Peter
Durkin..."Whispering Wind Magazine" Vol.27 No. 6/ 1995
- Carrying Tipi Poles" You can get there from here!
.....Peter Durkin..."Whispering Wind Magazine"
Vol. 30 No. 5/2000.
- Tipi Interiors....Peter Durkin..."Whispering Wind Magazine"
Vol. 31 No. 3/2001.
- Southern Cheyenne Hide Tipi...Peter
Durkin..."Whispering Wind Magazine"
Vol. 30 No.6/2000
- Winter Tipi Camping by Pete
Roller...."Whispering Wind Magazine" Vol. 30 No.6/2000
- The tipi in the Early 1800s...What about the Outside?...by
Susan Jennys. "Muzzleloader Magazine" January/February
1996. What to look for in the designs, paintings and decorations for a
traditional period tipi covers. Good information for all interested in
putting designs on your cover in the early period of the 19th.
- Tipi Life...by Adolf Hungry
Wolf. A Good Medicine Book © 1972. Interesting information on
Blackfeet tipis with some construction information.
- Tipi Life.....by William D. and Thomas E. Thulin
No date given or ISBN numbers. Looks like a self publish little book on
how to make a tipi and probably published in the last 30 or so years?
Has some interesting drawings.
Paul Goble...not a
book but a person. His children's' books are full of lovely pictures
of old style lodge cover designs. You can get many of these books from
Aladdin Press at 1230 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Many
of the trading posts have copies and there are several books.
- This is My Tipi...A Gallery Guide
to Dreams and Dusty Stars: Blackfeet Lodge Decoration. From the High
Desert Museum in Bend Oregon. Sept.11,1993-July 10, 1994. Cover
designs of the Blackfeet tipis.
- Lodge Owners Society or Lodge Owners Quarterly or The
Lodge Owners Newsletter....First tipi glossy magazine
or newsletter to be put out for tipi owners and those interested in tipis.
Had black and white photos, articles, hints, lists of tipi owners, builders,
encampments, adds, food recipes and how to articles. It ran from April
1975 to June of 1978. Published out of Rockville, South Dakota then to
White Creek, Tenn. and then in Oklahoma. Was a good magazine for one
printed before the computer self publishing era of today.
- The Pedigree of the Hugging Bear Tipi in the Blackfoot
Camp...Ted J Brasser. "American Indian Art
Magazine" winter 1979.
- Winterin' Tipi Furnishings...by
Lanny "Owl" Lynch. "Buckskin Report" magazine
- Tipi....by Dynah Geissal. " Backwoods Home
Magazine" July/August 2002. Nice article on how to live in and/or make a
- Canvas Tipis....by the
"Engages". The Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly...Vol.20,
No 3....Fall 1984.
- Cloth Tipi Covers....by Allen
Chronister. Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly...Vol. 36, No 3...Fall
- The Timeless Tipi Symbol of the Great Circle of Life...by
George P. Horse Capture. "The American West" magazine,
March/ April 1981.
- Plains Encampment...by Peter
Durkin. Whispering Wind Magazine/ Vol. 29 No. 4/ 1998. Great article
on Mike Terry and his tipi. He sets up in the 1870s style.
- The Lodge...by George Glenn from
the "Book of Buckskinning" series. Nice article on
living in a tipi, set up, and interior furnishings.
- Tipi Know-How...by
Bill Walter from the "Book of Buckskinning" series. Basic
how to pitch the tipi and smoke flap directions for all types of
weather. Bill owns the Four Seasons and now called TentMasters Canvas
Glenn and Jacalyn Kolk. "Camping Journal" April 1979. Basic how to
set up and a little living.
The Ultimate Mobile Home...by
Gay Neale. "The Indian Trader" Volume ten, number ten,
October, 1979. Basic historical information on lodges. Some good
drawings and pictures.
Charlotte Berry. "Cowboys and Indians" magazine. Has
some nice photos.
A Tipi Dedication...by
Scott Thomson. Whispering Wind Magazine...Spring 1982.
The Indian Tipi...Lance
H. Wuellner. "Muzzle Blasts" magazine, November 1986. Another
article on how to set up a tipi.
Yourtes et Tipis
by Isabelle Bruno. This book is written for the modern day
Nomadic. It is not a "how to" but a "how about" the people who make and
live in these styles of tent. It is in French and has a page on Richard
Reese of Reese tipis and a page on me. The book is mostly about the
European tipi owners and makers.
A Short Visit to a Tipi...Parts One and
Two...by Tony Hunter. Muzzleloader Magazine,
January/February 1999. Historical information on tipis which is geared
more to the rendezvous.
Taming A Tepee, A Western Fantasy in
Aspen...by Dena Kaye. Architectural Digest,
August 1994. Nice article on a modern day tipi set up for very modern
living. There are couches, lamps, rugs and a stone build fire place in
the middle. Tipi is 28' in diameter...big one with all the furniture
That Good Ol' Tipi Living..."Mother
Earth News" May/ June 1979. Basic how a tipi works.
Tipis and Yurts.....by
Heidi Hunt......"Mother Earth News" December/January
A Shelter for all Seasons...by
Ray Lorenz..."Sports Afield" magazine, October 1984.
The Tipi-Construction and Use...by
Patrick Redfern, 1996. Self publication...taken mostly from Laubin.
Robert Easton had a
picture or two on tipis but not that great.
The Incomparable Tipi.....by
Neal Blair......."Wyoming Wildlife" March, 1979.
Tipi on the Tundra....by
Peter D. Robinson...Alaska Magazine October 1974.
Tepee-The Ultimate Hunting Lodge...by
Lionel Atwill. Sports Afield magazine-October 1993.
"THE TENT BOOK" BY
Mifflin Co; (June 1970)out of print....has about two pages on tipi
material you would find in other books.
Tipi Living- A Simple Living
Series Book......by Patrick Whitefield. ISBN 1 85623 0163
Written in 1987 in England. Nice little book on choosing and living in a
Circle Houses-Yurts, Tipis and
Benders...By David Pearson. ISBN 1-890132-86-1. Published in 2001. Very
similar to the Tipi and the Yurt book. Not for tipi makers, but nice for
you Yurt people. Has some nice pictures.
Building Tipis and the Yurts.....
The Yurt part looks great. But putting a tipi up on a rocky area to
camp is not showing practical knowledge of safe tipi camping.