Camping, building shelters, the tipi
March 15, 2016 1:33am CST
This is one of the many things I tried when I was a kid, always trying to perfect the art in a way. I wanted something sturdy that could retain heat, but was also movable. Being part native, well, I decided I would try the tipi. A lot of people when they build them nowadays use canvas instead of animal hides-I'm not sure how well they retain heat, or how easily they are moved, because I've never stayed over night in one of those and all the ones I would see on the reservation would always be more or less fixed-they were mainly for tourists or special events. But for mine, instead of canvas I used a large tarp. As I said, a tarp is a good thing to have no matter what-they have multiple uses which always come back to this one thing, they're water proof. Well, until they get a hole in them anyway. While it was fun to try, it really wasn't ideal because if you're going with a canoe over a portage, you have to figure out how to move the wood-and yeh, you really should be carrying the poles with you instead of hoping you will find some wood which could be used at your next camp site. Because you may not find suitable materials at your next site. And frankly, it's easier to use a model which you can collapse without taring apart-let's just say, though more simple then some tent structures, it's still a good amount of work to do every time. For me it was nostalgic, but not very practical, and after a few times I simply abandoned the idea. With practice and effort though-and if you're not alone in the bush and don't have to worry about carrying a canoe by yourself-this model could end up being very comfortable, as well unique and a good way to learn about the past.
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22 Mar 16
I'm moving towards those in my series, but wanted to get my more colourful attempts out first-pop tents from my perspective seemed less exciting but oh gosh, for many circumstances they are far more simple and functional.
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24 Mar 16
I love camping, hiking, staying in a tent over night-- and as a girl scout I received badges for campfire building, nature hiking, crafting and tent assembly. A couple other badges too but I cannot even remember but know the sash was full of them ! So cool you are part Native American, of which tribe ? Have a great day @HebrewgreekStudies
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24 Mar 16
@HebrewGreekStudies grounding experience for sure, I really find it fascinating that through nylon and cotton bedding one can get the most incredible harmonics sleeping on a meadow lawn up in the hills of somewhere, anywhere . . . great visual I will use to put my little butt into sleep land soon. Good night and have a great Thursday coming up