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Annette Bragg, Founder
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Many Thanks to All the Volunteers Who Helped Raise the Tipi for the 2019 Season!
(Right) The mountain symbols originally painted on the bottom of the tipi symbolized our connection with and grounding to Mother Earth.
On Saturday, April 27th, we gathered together to raise the newly-painted tipi for the 2019 season.
• Cindi Gonzalez
• Alayna Gonzalez
• Cindi Mishler
• Suzanne Dougherty
• Courtney McColley
• Lilly Daily
• Margaret Bayless (excellent photography)
• Mark Cogley
• Ronelle Halfacre
• Kevin Bragg
• Annette Bragg
The tipi at White Barn holds up to 28 people, is 22 feet wide and the poles nearly 3 stories high. It was designed by Nomadic Tipi Makers and is designed with a mix of several Native American cultures, including the basic design of the Sioux with smoke flaps added from the Blackfeet.
The tipi holds a fire pit in the center of the tipi, and contains carpet, rugs and furniture for the comfort of our guests.
NEW THIS YEAR
This year while raising the tipi, Cindi Gonzalez, teacher of Native American Studies, shared
with us teachings about the tipi and its role, purpose, and meaning in the Native American culture.
After the tipi as raised, we gathered inside to welcome in the new season as we listened to a Native American thank you song of gratitude.
Thanks to everyone who made a Love Donation to help with the care, maintenance and upkeep of the tipi.
The poles are stripped of bark, allowing any rain that would filter into the tipi to run down the poles and not drip down onto the people and supplies inside the tipi.
We welcome donations toward the care, upkeep and maintenance of the tipi.
Click on the DONATE button below to make a tax-deductible donation.
(Above) Suzanne Dougherty helps pull the poles into place as the tripod is being raise. The tripod is the three main, heaviest poles that support the rest of the poles and the tipi covering.
Traditionally a tipi would house an entire family, including the parents, children, and grandparents.
Often tribes would have a winter location and a summer location to reside, and would leave their tipi poles behind so they didn't have to transport them from place to place, and only take the covering with them.
It is considered disrespectful to enter the tipi and walk between a person and the fire. You would respectfully walk behind that person to get around them.
The tipi is not in a perfect circle, but rather is created in an egg or oval shape.
(Left) The Japanese symbols for Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is the Reiki heling symbol for distance healing. It symbolized sending peace and healing to all ends of the Earth.
The tipi covering was made of buffalo hides, with usually about 27 hides being used to cover the entire structure.
In the Lakota culture, the tipi belonged to and was the responsibility of the women. They raised, took down, and cared for the tipi.
The Blackfeet tribe was known for painting symbols and art on their tipis.
(Below) Carrying the canvas covering wrapped to the main pole from the barn to the tipi site is - front to back - Cindy Mishler, Alayna Gonzalez, Cindi Gonzalez, Suzanne Dougherty, Mark Cogley, Annette Bragg, Lilly Daily and Courtney McColley)