Tipi Living around the World


Understanding the Tipi History first and why you must experience living in one

Chet’s experience of living in a Tipi for 6 months with his assistant and why nothing beats it

After 3 decades of living in Tipis, Rick Mayes hopes he never has to live in a house again

Beautiful story by Jilly of moving from a Tent to the Nordic Tipi

I live in nature where everything is connected, circular. The seasons are circular. The planet is circular, and so is the planet around the sun. The course of water over the earth is circular coming down from the sky and circulating through the world to spread life and then evaporating up again. I live in a circular teepee and build my fire in a circle. The life cycles of plants and animals are circular. I live outside where I can see this. The ancient people understood that our world is a circle, but we modern people have lost sight of that. I don’t live inside buildings because buildings are dead places where nothing grows, where water doesn’t flow, and where life stops. I don’t want to live in a dead place. People say that I don’t live in a real world, but it’s modern Americans (modern Indians in our case) who live in a fake world, because they have stepped outside the natural circle of life.

Do people live in circles today? No. They live in boxes. They wake up every morning in a box of their bedrooms because a box next to them started making beeping noises to tell them it was time to get up. They eat their breakfast out of a box and then they throw that box away into another box. Then they leave the box where they live and get into another box with wheels and drive to work, which is just another big box broken into little cubicle boxes where a bunch of people spend their days sitting and staring at the computer boxes in front of them. When the day is over, everyone gets into the box with wheels again and goes home to the house boxes and spends the evening staring at the television boxes for entertainment. They get their music from a box, they get their food from a box, they keep their clothing in a box, they live their lives in a box.
Break out of the box! […] This not the way humanity lived for thousands of years.

– Eustace Conway (from Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Last American Man)

That perhaps is the most justice that merely words can do to describe the feeling on living in a Tipi Village.
We will add details soon here of our plans for the hand-made Tipis and the set-up for the village.

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