Plains Cree Tipi
Photograph - Photography/digital Photography
Taken just before sunset at FortWhyteAlive our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada.
This is a typical shelter that the Plains Cree used on the prairies years ago. They were able to assemble it in a day, as they used to follow the bison herds on the prairies. Much of their food, shelter, clothing and tools all came from the Bison. So when the herd moved, so did they.
Many of their daily rituals revolved around nature. For example... The Tipi was made using 13 poles. The 13 poles in the tipi represents the 13 full moons we have in a given year...When you enter a tipi you go to the left and circle around in a clockwise direction. This represents the way of the sun..The door of the tipi always faces East, to meet the rising sun.
The Plains Cree relied on the land to survive. It was sacred and they recognized that every living thing was of importance. Plus they only used what they needed. Things never went to waste. A good lesson we SHOULD all be following today.
I serve as an interpreter at the Center, and this is part of the written teachings, as we take the children through their many nature programs.
December 17th, 2012
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